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.

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. Minutes of meetings can be downloaded here.


$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 and workshops
  • Free promotion of your events and classes on our website and Facebook pages, and via our listserv (eblast)
  • Great haflas – parties
  • Opportunities to perform, vend and vote!
  • Website, Facebook, Twitter and email updates