Who We Are and What We Do:

The Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Hawai’i (MEDAH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Peggy Murphy (Hazzard), MEDAH is the only non-profit group of its kind in Hawai’i devoted to creating and supporting the educational, cultural and entertainment aspects of Middle Eastern dance, music, related cultures and arts. Our diverse membership includes dancers, musicians, students, teachers, artists and persons interested in celebrating and learning about Middle Eastern dance and music.

Every year, MEDAH sponsors several events and workshops, attracting knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated, and culturally motivated instructors to enrich public education and appreciation for Middle Eastern culture, dance, music and art.

One of our recent popular events was Journey Through the Silk Road, which featured a sampling of Egyptian cuisine, a fashion show of authentic costumes from Egypt and Central Asia (Uzbekistan , Afghanistan , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan , Turkmenistan), and live Middle Eastern music and belly dancing. Cookbooks from the event, featuring traditional Egyptian dishes, are still available for $5; your purchase will help us continue our efforts to promote cultural exchange and to unify the Middle Eastern music and dance community! For more information, contact Renee at medah808@gmail.com

Our Board:

MEDAH is run by an elected Board, which is made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and 3 Member at Large Officers.  Board Member photos, bios and contact information can be found here .

Our Bylaws:

MEDAH is governed by Bylaws, and Roberts Rules of Order. Each new member is given a copy of the Bylaws upon joining. This may be either via electronic transmission (email) or a physical copy. A copy of Roberts Rules of Order is usually present at MEDAH Board and Membership Meetings.


$20 is the low price of membership in Hawaii’s ONLY group devoted to Middle Eastern dance and culture. In addition to MEDAH benefits and discounts, your membership supports the efforts of our hard-working volunteers in sponsoring events and workshops for Middle Eastern dance, music and culture enthusiasts, and helps to insure that our community of artists thrives.

  • Discounts on events, workshops and advertising
  • Great haflas — parties
  • Local & national workshops and seminars
  • Opportunities to perform, vend and vote!
  • Website, Facebook, Twitter and email updates
  • Teacher listing on website
  • Access to our Video Library
  • Fundraising activities


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