Through this loss of 2020 tours and traveling, I decided to listen to my audience’s request. A lot of them like my “island rock” versions of cover songs and always request for a cd with them. I listened and started an album.
After recording a bunch of covers, I decided to throw in a few Hawaiian songs with a little twist. Pua Hone is written by the late Dennis Kamakahi. I really like the Cazimero Brother’s version. Taking the Cazimero version and adding more of a rock flare with drums really made this song pop out. It is something familiar, but on a level never been heard before. A beautiful Hawaiian song with some edge.
Pua Hone is available on all digital outlets. It will be followed up with the whole album. Hard copies are in progress and will be available. I hope you guys dig it and mahalo for supporting my music.
For a quick jump to Pua Hone on iTunes, click here
This year has been a roller coaster for all of us. The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are usually held in May, but it has been pushed to October this year due to CV-19. Unfortunately, we had to stream it this year. I was bummed that it wasn’t going to be a full blow celebration. But hey, we have to roll with the times. HARA settled on Honolulu Theatre which was a beautiful backdrop.
I was very humbled that I was asked to perform for the show. Teamed up with Hawaii’s Metal group Storm, ended up in a unique and well fit match up. The song I performed was Hawaiian Nation. I started out with my Koaloha Ukulele and half way through, the band I switched over to Storm’s Ka Mauna a Wakea. During the switch, I turn around and switch out my ukulele to my Ernie Ball Majesty Monarchy Musicman. Finishing out the mashup with my guitar solo really put my good energy into a higher level. I felt good and the performance was probably the most unique out of all.
Everyone did a good job! Being a different kind of year, I feel like this Award show went really good. I appreciate HARA and all the hard work that went into this last minute hustle to get this show on the roll/TV. Unfortunately, I did not win any awards. I am grateful that I was nominated for Performer of the Year which is super awesome. I also was a finalist for EP of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year. I’m grateful for all nominations. Mahalo all for you support.
First and foremost, Happy New Year to all of you. I hope 2019 treated you well. 2020 will be just as good, but even better! A lot of traveling is in the works for me this year. I am headed to New Zealand to perform with Spawnbreezie at the One Love Festival to start out. Then in February there is a plan for some solo shows back in the Pacific Northwest between the 14th and 21st. April I’ll be back with the band for a week or maybe 2. For show updates and calendar please click HERE
And yes, you heard right. I did release an EP on 12/31/2019. Ke Alana means the Awakening. I dedicate this EP to all the Kia’i that help protect our land, waters, and culture. You have awakened the world and shed light on the hardships and the problems we have here in Hawai’i. This EP is available on all online media outlets. CdBaby : iTunes : Amazon Music : etc.
Mahalo for you support and please spread the word.
I just got back from a two and a half week mini tour in Washington state. I am growing very fond of the venues and the people who come out for the live music. I will be headed back there for a special function in February and then I will taking my band in April. Hopefully we can get enough momentum to make it a regular thing.
Just want to send out a big Mahalo to the places that had me this past month: Paragon, Ohana, The Cottage, Infusion Bar and Grill, Mirkwood Public House, and the Cove. I also want to shout out to Lynn Sorensen for having me host his jam at Daves in Milton. So awesome to connect with rock legends like Lynn. More things coming up in 2020.
Jan: One Love Festival New Zealand….Feb: Valentines Show WA….Apr: Band Shows in WA…. May; Ekiden Fest…Stay tuned. For more shows. For a listing of upcoming shows, click HERE
It’s been a long journey to get this album done. Dealt with a back injury that slowed me down tremendously, my computer crashing, and every day obstacles and challenges along the way. This album has been in the works for 2 and a half years. I am happy it is finally available for you. Meeting deadlines is very challenging, especially when you set them yourself. I’ve pushed it back may times, but here it is. The best I could do ….
Tracks and credits:
1. All We Know is Reggae (3:29) 2. Down Till the Morning Comes (3:50) 3. She Don’t Mind (4:45) 4. Simple Man (6:13) 5. Strum Along (3:41) 6. Sensi Lane (4:02) 7. Turn The Page (5:30) 8. Higher Light (4:44) 9. Hana Hou (3:15)
::Ka’imi Hanano’eau:: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Backing Vocals ::Steven Keola:: Bass on tracks 1 and 3 ::Whitney Haugen:: Drums on tracks 1 and 3 ::Luke D’Addario:: Drums on tracks 4, 5, 7, and 8 ::Jorell Nacapuy:: Piano and Organ on track 8 ::Marion Meadows:: Sax on track 7
1. All We know is Reggae (written by Kaimi Hananoeau) 2. Down Till the Morning Comes (Kaimi and Aaron Deluz) 3. She Don’t Mind (Written by Kaimi Hananoeau) 4. Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 5. Strum Along (written by Kaimi Hananoeau) 6. Sensi Lane (written by Kaimi Hananoeau) 7. Turn The Page (Bob Seger) 8. Higher Light (Kaimi and Shannon Ibarra) 9. Hana Hou (Kaimi and Malia Daraban)
Engineer: Shane Brede, Engineer for Drum tracks: Demitri Marmash Mix: Shane Brede, Master: Demitri Marmash, Album Art: Shane Brede, Photographs: Rob Linogon
Mahalo to all that helped in this project. Bigger shows coming soon!
I released Hana Hou on July 28th, 2019….My Birthday!! Hana Hou is `encore in Hawaiian language. What inspired me to write this song is what happens at the end of every gig. It’s for the musicians that love to play that Hana Hou song and also the musician that doesn’t want to play Hana Hou. It is also acknowledging the musician/musicians and shows appreciation. Then to top it all off, A Hui Hou, until we meet again.
It was a collaborative write with Malia Daraban. All instruments were recorded by me . Mix by Shane Brede and Master by Demitri Marmash.
This song will also be on my new album ‘Strum Along’ releasing September 12, 2019.
It’s May first….Lei day in Hawaii. And I lay you with this island Reggae jam called All We Know is Reggae. It was supposed to be released before 2018 was up, but it was put on hold do to an injury I had acquired. I am healing and thing are looking up. I am finishing some projects and starting new ones. This year will be productive for sure and I am excited.
You can download and/or stream this song on all online media outlets from this day on. Please check it out on iTunes or CDBaby for downloads.
I’ve been on the road this past week opening up for Spawnbreezie and now I am up in Washington doing a couple shows before I head back to Hawaii. Here is a list of the rest of the shows. Maybe you can catch some. I’ll keep you posted for more news. I am more current with my Instagram and facebook, so please follow #kaimimusic or @kaimimusic. Hope you guys have an awesome week and I apologize for the lack of posts on the website. Aloha
Happy end of September already!! Time flies quick when you are having fun. I have been having fun, but also trying to stay disciplined. While prepping for this small tour, I am also working on releasing an EP called, ” All We Know is Reggae.” So many things happening here on my side.
Back to the tour info!! I hope you guys can make one of my shows. Here is a listing
Wednesday, October 10th: Ohana’s Belltown 9pm-11pm
Thursday, October 11th: Mirkwood and Shire, Arlington 8pm
Friday, October 12th: Pono Ranch, Ballard 9pm-12a
Saturday, October 13th: Ohana’s in Issaquah 8pm-11pm
I’m starting it off with a quick headlining show in San Diego with my bro Spawnbreeezie at the Island Reggae Festival. Then I’m hopping on a plane north, back to Seattle Washington to finish out the week.
The first night I will be at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle. Please come support at this one. We have Emma Caroline Baker starting it off with her smooth voice starting at 7pm. I will be doing a few songs on my own, but will be accompanied by drummer James Wozniak. You can get tickets here > Hard Rock Seattle Tickets
I will be performing smaller shows through out the week, Mahalo to the 808scene braddahs and Tammy Carlson for the hard work.
The last show will be at the well know venue called Pono Ranch. I will be opening up the night. The time slot is 8:30p-10p. There is an awesome band after me, so come early and don’t miss out. tickets tend to sell out. You can get tickets here > Pono Ranch Tickets
Here are the dates:
•8/5 – Seattle, WA / Hard Rock 7p – 11p
•8/7 – Seattle, WA / Private Block Party
•8/8 – Seattle, WA / Ohana Belltown 8p-11p
•8/9 – Seattle, WA Rotie Cellars 6p-8p
•8/10 – Arlington, WA / Mirkwood and Shire 8p-9p
•8/11 – Seattle, WA / Pono Ranch 8:30p-10p
Hope you guys have an awesome August! New music coming soon! I’ll keep you posted
I must say….this year’s Na Hoku awards was by far one of my favorites. I finally got to reach a goal of mine. Performing at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards was at the top o my list and I am grateful that I had a chance to share the stage with friends and fellow performers from the past and present. Congrats to all the finalists and winners. Good job Tavana and my brothers from Backwards Shaka.
My shirt was made by Puamana Crabbe. It was a jelly fish because I grew up getting stung many times…lol. Shoes were Dr. Martins. I wore a Kupe’e lei with a think ginger lei, a black pearl, and the Ihe Kaka’i from Sonny Ching. I went out on a limb wearing white pants, but I think i rocked it pretty hard this year. Not to mention rocking out with my purple Ernieball Musicman on local television. A very high point in my night.
Coming up next, I will be heading to the US mainland for a couple weeks. I will post the places and dates I will be performing at soon. For updates, please check my Facebook page. I also want to let you know that I am working on a new EP. Expecting to drop mid July. EP is called “All we Know is Reggae.” Watch for that and I will keep you in the loop!
Hawaiian Musician : Guitarist, Bassist, Ukulele player : 2015 and 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award Finalist