2020 Performer's Bios

    Ms Amy Hānaialiʻi    ~Hawai'i's Sweetheart ~

          Hawai’i’s top-selling female vocalist of all time!

Including 6 Grammy® Award Nominations for Best

HAWAIIAN MUSIC ALBUM AND BEST NATIVE ROOT MUSIC

ALBUM

      We at The Kalama Heritage Festival are Proud and Honored

To Announce the Appearance and Performance of

Ms Amy Hānaialiʻi as Our Headliner at This Year's Kalama

Heritage Festival.

    Kalawai‘anui’ by  Ms Amy Hānaialiʻi  IS her latest

‘breathtaking’ release NEW ALBUM Grammy Nominated

2020 by This Year's Featured Performer Amy's Newest

GRAMMY NOMINATED CD >

Amy's albums have garnered 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards

Hawai’i's equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards.

Amy's 's talent emerges from a disciplined classical training, fused

powerhouse vocals, and honoring her family's worldly heritage and

rooted ancestral responsibility.

     Amy has played for the Dalai Lama, two inaugural balls in D.C. for President Obama and the first entertainer ever to perform in the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, China. Amy has played for sold-out crowds in Europe, Japan and all across America and French Polynesia. Hānaiali'i's Friends and Family album showcased a stunning duet with country music legend Willie Nelson. Alongside and recording with the best, Amy also has performed live and opened for renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joe Cocker and many more – her upcoming release features a duet with Michael McDonald.

 

She has played to sold-out shows at the following world-renowned venues: Blue Note Jazz Club New York and Japan, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Stern Grove, The Cutting Room, and numerous performances with Orchestras in Opera Houses worldwide. 

 

     Her diverse success and cultural responsibility, provide clear recognition by Hawai’i’s music community and fans with universal acceptance. All of Amy’s albums have validated commercial success by consistently placing her at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.

 

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University- School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, Amy spent time with her paternal grandmother, International Hawaiian superstar – Jennie Nāpua Woodd.

 

Undoubtedly her world-famous falsetto training and strict pronunciation lessons gave Amy beloved respect of Hawaiian Culture and Music, making her grandmother Nāpua one of her most influential people in her life.

 

Jennie Nāpua Woodd, one of the original Royal Hawaiian girls in Waikīkī or Tūtū as Amy affectionately calls her, helped shape the entertainment scene of Hawai’i as a Kumu Hula/Choreographer in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and NYC.

 

Woodd worked on every Pacific-themed motion picture in the 1940’s and 1950’s and her choreography defines that cinematic genre. Also, Woodd while performing on Broadway and the Lexington Hotel in New York City, Tūtū met Amy’s grandfather Lloyd B. Gilliom. He himself a musician who played trumpet and steel guitar with the likes of Sammy Kaye, Tommy Dorsey and other notable bands of that era—joined Woodd to build a rich tradition of Hawaiian Culture on both coasts of America.

 

Amy sits on 3 Native Boards, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Hawai`i Academy of Recording Arts and Hui O Wa`a Kaulua.

Aside from the music community, Amy has garnered accolades from the Pacific Business News as their “40 under 40 Business Person of the Year” award, recognizing not only her talent but also her business acumen needed to market her talent.

 

     Recently, she has launched 3 vintages of wine under her wine company Hānaialiʻi Wines with her 2013 Merlot earning a 90 from Wine Spectator, The LA Wine Festival and 5 Gold medals. Amy’s next selection of wines will be available for purchase in December 2019.

https://amyhawaii.com/

Kalawai'anui features 15 tracks that harken back to Amy‟s origins and her family and heritage that has come before her.   Dive into the depths of the ocean with Amy and revel through the layers of emotion that each song brings forth.

15 Tracks:

1. Oli Kaho'ali'i    2. Mauna Kea Ku'u Iwi Hilo    3. He Ua Aiwa Ke Aloha   4. Nanea Ko Maka I Ka Le'ale'a

5. Manaua    6. Aloha Ku'u 'Aina Hawai'i    7. Will You Love Me    8. He Ono La / Niu Haohao    9. Hawai'i You're My Home    10. Ku'u Nui Aloha    11. Kamalanai O Keaukaha   12. Hiehie Haleakala   13. Makalapua

14. Kalawai'anui    15. Queen's Anthem

LISTEN TO SAMPLES/PURCHASE CD $16.98

https://www.welcometotheislands.com/…/Kalawaianui-Amy-Hanai…

     

     

 

                                                                                       

                                           

  

 

     Jerome Koko -

(Pending Booking for 2020)   

 

 

 

                                    

                                     Featuring The Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau are one of the most revered bands in Hawaiian music.  Co-founder Jerome Koko continues their legacy.  Pepe Romero’s ‘ukuleles are featured on Jerome’s two albums: Mākaha Sons Memoirs and The Mākaha Sons’ Jerome Koko

Released in October 2015, Jerome Koko's debut CD with Daniel Ho entitled, "Memoirs" served as a tribute and commemoration to the group’s journey, thus far. The alluring harmonies and enchanting melodies of the magical sound that makes the Makaha Sons so memorable is captured in this highly acclaimed recording.
An icon of Hawaiian music continuing the legacy of the Makaha Sons. President, Makaha Sons Inc. Grammy Nominated. Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award & Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. (August 2013) The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau are a Hawaiian musical group formed in 1976 on the island of Oahu by Jerome Koko, Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, and Sam Gray. 

     “There was this big Hawaiian playing his ‘ukulele on the beach. He told me they’d just moved from Palolo (in Honolulu), and that he and his brother played music. I told him we had a band of our own. The next day, we went over to his house and met the whole family.”

Jerome discovered that Israel’s uncle was Moe Keale—a member of the Sons of Hawai‘i, one of the groups that Jerome and Moon were patterning their own music after. Israel and his older brother, nicknamed Skippy, were going in similar musical directions.

They decided to start playing music together. They named their new group, and the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau was born.


     Let the legacy of Hawaiian Music continue…

     Note from Jerome Koko:
In an ever-changing world, there are few constants. One must nurture a capacity for evolution, shifts, and expansion. Over the past forty years, I have had to stand the tests of time and temperaments to stay loyal and true to what has been the cornerstone of my musical career; which is to perpetuate the beautiful stories told through Hawaiian Music.
In 2015, I had the opportunity to collaborate on a solo project entitled, "Makaha Sons Memoirs” with six-time Grammy winner, Daniel Ho. They were songs that the Makaha Sons performed at one time or another, but never recorded.
When I was approached by Daniel to create another album, I enthusiastically agreed. I was ready to stretch my abilities as a vocalist and as a musician to sing songs out of my realm, as long as the lyrics were justly Hawaiian. Every song we selected tugged at my heart and soul. Included on this album are an eclectic blend of beautiful ballads, songs of love, songs of spiritual uplift, and even a song of everyone's favorite pastime: (Spam) eating!
I want to express my inmost gratitude to my family, friends, Daniel and Lydia Ho, MSI team, and fans around the world for all of your love and support. A sincere aloha nui to the Makaha Sons, past and present. 
– Boogs

     In the 49 years that Jerome Koko has been a professional musician, he’s been to a lot of places. None of them is closer to his heart than the part of O‘ahu that he calls home.
A lot of people call it the West Side, others refer to it as Wai‘anae because the Wai‘anae mountain range separates it from the rest of O‘ahu. There are actually several distinct districts—Nanakuli, which is closest to the rest of O‘ahu, then the area that local residents know as Wai‘anae. After that comes Makaha, and eventually Ka‘ena State Park—the end of the road.
With only one road in and out of the west side it is the most isolated area on O‘ahu. This is where Jerome, his younger brother, John, and their friends, Louis “Moon” Kauakahi and Sam Gray were born and raised.
Jerome remembers Nanakuli as a place “where you could leave the doors open.”
“Back in those days, everything was just simple. Everybody had their own life, and if you lived on a [Hawaiian] homestead, you know everybody. It was really mellow. It was nice to be out on the West Side.” Like many Hawaiians in the 1950s Jerome’s family didn’t speak Hawaiian. He was introduced to it in the 4th grade by a teacher who also taught ‘ukulele (he later studied Hawaiian at Leeward Community College). Music became an important part of his life. He and Moon and “two other guys” formed a group when they were in the 10th grade. They won a talent contest.
     Jerome didn’t spend much time at the beach until he and Moon started paddling for the Makaha Canoe Club, but it was at the beach that he met Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole.
“There was this big Hawaiian playing his ‘ukulele on the beach. He told me they’d just moved from Palolo (in Honolulu), and that he and his brother played music. I told him we had a band of our own. The next day, we went over to his house and met the whole family.”
Jerome discovered that Israel’s uncle was Moe Keale—a member of the Sons of Hawai‘i, one of the groups that Jerome and Moon were patterning their own music after. Israel and his older brother, nicknamed Skippy, were going in similar musical directions.
They decided to start playing music together. They named their new group, and the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau was born.

 

Lise Lee -

Talented Lise Lee is going to be joining us from Rancho

Cucamonga California, The Lee Sisters - Lise and Emi Lee,

sisters in real life, have been performing throughout California

and Hawaii since 2015.

Their ukulele adventure took off in earnest in January 2015

when they were invited by Kanile'a Ukulele to play at the

NAMM show in Anaheim California, the world’s largest music

convention. Since then, they've been invited to perform at

dozens of festivals and events throughout Southern California,

including the Heritage of Aloha Festival in Santa Fe Springs California (where Lise was the winner of their 2015 ukulele competition). In Hawaii, they have performed as guests of Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta Jr. at the Kani Ka Pila Grille, the Moana Terrace at Marriott Waikiki as guests of Alan Akaka and the Keawe Ohana Show, and most recently at Disney’s Aulani Resort as guests of The Makaha Sons.

They are very proud to be sponsored by Kanile’a and Islander Ukulele ukuleles.

Lise is currently attending the University of California, Riverside (UCR)

The Lee Sisters have recently completed recording two original ukulele pieces for a new EP entitled “California 808”, and are working towards completing their own original album in the coming year.

Finally, you may also be surprised to learn that they have only been playing ukulele for 5 years......and are self taught!

Check out their videos on their YouTube channel "UkuLise", and their Facebook and Instagram pages “The Lee Sisters”(@ TheLeeSistersUkeDuo).

B Aliinuu Poulima- Fire Knife Dancer

B. Aliinu’u - One of the Finest Fire Knife Dancers Exclusively With The Pacific Ohana Foundation & Cultural Learning Center B.Aliinu’u       Formerly Lead Fire Knife Dancer Of The Polynesian Cultural Center
Honolulu Hawaii Laie

 

He Will Be Headlining Our Popular Roasted Pig IMU Ceremony At The 8th Annual Kalama Heritage Festival June 28th, 29th, 30th 2019 By The KalamaTotem Pole

Fire knife dancer Friday, Sat & Sunday ...plus workshops!

HE WILL BE RETURNING IN 2020

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