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Happy Holidays! New EP Release on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 + 2023 Weekly Gig Schedule

Happy Holidays everyone! 

It’s been a while since I gave an update, as I’ve been busy lately with weekly gigs. For New Year’s Eve, I’ll be performing at Mai Tai’s at Ala Moana Shopping Center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come grab a drink or two and hear some new covers and mashups that I made. 

I’ll also be releasing a new EP on Friday, Dec. 30th called “Manini Kine,” which has a few songs I made recently. Last month, I saw a made-in-Hawai’i feature film called “The Wind & The Reckoning,” and it made me tear up while watching the film. For those who don’t know, my Uncle, Jimmy Brede, was one of the Native Hawaiians that was almost sent to Kalaupapa to recover from Leprosy, but he hid from people that were trying to capture him. The film reminded me of real-life stories my Uncle used to tell me. Those heavy memories inspired one of the tracks on my EP, called “‘Anakala” (translation: “Uncle” in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi). 

Other tracks on “Manini Kine” are my two previously released singles, “Every Wave is a Party Wave,” and “Shugafiya (feat. Chief Ragga of Hawaii Kine),” as well as a new instrumental called “Ho’oholo ‘Ole ‘Ia” (translation: “No Direction” in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi). 

Below are the places I’ll be playing in 2023: 

Ka’imi Hanano’eau – Weekly Gig Schedule 
Tuesday: Hale Koa Barefoot Bar – 6:45-9:45 p.m. 
Wednesday: Mai Tai’s – 6:00-9:00 p.m. (every other Wednesday), Restaurant 604 6:00-9:00 p.m. (every other Wednesday) 
Thursday: Moana Surfrider – 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Friday: Stonefish Grill – 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
Sunday: Maui Brewing / Duke’s [dates TBA] 

Happy New year, and Mahalo Nui for your ongoing support. Here’s to 2023! 

2022 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are coming up, and I’m up for 2 categories..!!

What’s up guys! 

I am excited to announce that I am a finalist at the 2022 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in two categories: “Alternative Album of the Year” and “Instrumental Composition of the Year” for my recent album, “E Ala ʻOe.” With these two nominations, it is an honor to say that I have been a finalist 12 times over the span of my eight year-long music recording career. 

“E Ala ‘Oe” was released on December 31, 2021, and the songs were written, arranged, recorded, and mastered by myself. This album displays my Rock and Reggae fusion style with Ska arrangements and Metal drumming from my dear friend, Luke D’Addario. The lyrics on these songs express the lessons I learned while dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. My title track, “Red Pill,” contains a rap verse performed by local artist, Rezzy Reps, who is a part of the rock group, NESTA. A favorite of mine is “The Golden Rule,” a Bob Marley-inspired reggae song that features O’ahu based singer/rapper, Trishnalei, who is also nominated for a 2022 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” 

To celebrate my recent nominations, the Poi Planet team and I made a special acoustic video of my song, “Red Pill.” To view the full video, you can head over to my YouTube page here.  Mahalo to Chris Lau of Rhythm & Roots Studio for letting us use your space to film the clip. For those who want to see me perform live, I play at the Beach House Bar & Grill in Kaneohe at 7:00 p.m., at Mai Tai’s every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., and at Stonefish Grill in North Shore every Friday at 6:00 p.m.

The 2022 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards will take place on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. I wish every final ballot nominee the best of luck. To all my followers, I hope to see you at one of my live gigs very soon and Mahalo Nui for your support. Until next time.  

Pohaku Motu : Alternative Album of the Year Finalist!!

I want to do a quick shout out to all the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts Members for voting me in to the Final ballot for the 2021 Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards! If you don’t know what this is, it is comparable to the Hawaiian Grammy’s. Mahalo for everyone else’s support through out the year. 2020 was small kine rough…but we all did good things last year. Good luck to all my fellow finalists and hope this Awards show will be one for the books. Voting ends May 22nd, 2021. I will keep you informed on how it goes through my media outlets. Mahalo

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Pua Hone Music Video!!

March 5th, is here! For the link to the video, click HERE.  Thanks so much for all your aloha and support. Mahalo to Luke D’Addario on Pahu drum, Steve Keola on upright bass, Hulali, the Source with the moves.  Shout out to the camera work from Nui Brede and Malia Daraban.  Mahalo Robert Brede for the security.  Shout out to the video editor Evan Fujimoto.  Shout out to Jaslyn Loftin, Guy Hess, and Tracy Larrua from Poi Planet.   The PR team asked me a few questions about the vid and I will share them with you.

  1. What do you hope the viewers take away from seeing this music video? 

1a.  I would like viewers to notice that there can be a melting pot of new age and old classics when it comes to Hawaiian mele.  I would like them to notice that using different instruments with traditional Hawaiian instruments can create more opportunities of exposure throughout the world without limitation.  Hypothetically speaking, I can perform this at the Merry Monarch, and then turn around and perform it at a big concert in the states opening up for rock bands such as Metallica or Aerosmith.    

2.  What was your inspiration to re-imagine “Pua Hone” with a rock twist? 

2a. My inspiration first comes from my parents.  I listened and learned the song through them.  From there, I heard the Cazimero Brother’s version that they enjoyed dancing and playing to.  After studying most of the local musicians and artists, I noticed many like rock music.  Roland Cazimero, Dennis Kamakahi, Bla Pahinui, Willie K, Henry Kapono, and more fused some rock into their songs. Then I wondered, why is there no electric guitar in Hawaiian music?  Would it be disrespectful to have electric guitar in Hawaiian music?  Well, I know for sure there are some songs we don’t touch.  I started asking my mom which songs would be appropriate for a rock interpretation.  

3.  You said you wanted to keep true to Hawaiian tradition with the song while making it your own. What elements of the song showcases that? (I.e. the vocal delivery, the structure, etc.) 

3a. I told my mom I wanted the song and future Hawaiian songs to keep their lyrical integrity, meaning a hula dancer could still dance to these songs without missing a beat.  Dennis Kamakahi’s Pua Hone was first on the list and I feel it came out perfect.  I still incorporate the traditional ‘Hawaiian Trio’ with acoustic guitar, bass, and ukulele.  Adding drums and electric guitar to that mix brought it to the next level.  If you were to take the drums and electric guitar out of the mix, it would sound close to the Cazimero’s version.  Truth be told is that a hula dancer can dance to this version and it is still Hawaiian music.    

4.  What inspired you to make this music video? Why these locations specifically? No need to mention specifically where, as I know you folks want to preserve the nature of this place/ not advertise it. 

4a. The music video was inspired by a thought of unification, acceptance, and an extension of Hawaiian music diversity.  A thought that kupuna will accept this modern version of a mele if they saw another kupuna dancing to it.  Hence, I showcase an inspirational hula dancer and a hidden treasure of Hawai’i.  She has been dancing professionally for about 50 years.  A product and extension of the strict and desired kumu of that time,  Bella Richards from Kailua, O’ahu.  With her help and experience, Hulali influenced me to showcase other places in Hawaii that people rarely see.  She made sure the moves and clips lined up closely to what I was singing for the song’s integrity.  Hulali brought a lot of emotion and feeling to this project and I am truly grateful. This video was filmed on the island of Maui with a few shots on O’ahu.  Pua Hone is  a long distance love song which ends in a proposal and marriage.  My version is a Hawaiian Rock Love Ballad.     





To further the content, there were some questions for Hulali and here they are:

1. How did you start out in hula? Who taught you more about hula?  
2. What were the venues you performed at? Any Hawaiian entertainers you have fond memories performing with? 
3. When did you start choreographing your own hula? 
4. Are you still dancing hula now for different places/ occasions?
Hulali’s Answer:
My Mother grew up as a student of the much sought-after extraordinary teacher Bella Richards in Kailua. I am the second generation and extension of this source(Kumu).  Auntie Bella was a disciplinarian and taught Polynesian dancing, although ,extensive laborious training was mostly in hula.(Many Kumu Hula and Polynesian show owners would send their children, students, and cast members to her.)  I did many shows with her as one of her main dancers from countless luau shows, to hotels, concerts, Waikiki Ho’olaulea, even for the Hokulea maiden voyage which she and her Ohana was involved with. (Her son Billy Richards was part of the original crew.)  She took us to Tahiti to authentically learn from the people; a cultural exchange.
I was trained by her from four years old and my first time onstage was at five on the Moana Banyan Tree stage which is still there.  Later, I would return to audition and was chosen to be a part of a large international cast for Tavana’s Polynesian Spectacular on that same stage!!  Two shows a night, six nights a week.  The show later moved into Dukes Showroom in the International Marketplace.  Authentic cast, culture, and handmade exquisite costumes…glorious show to say the least!!
Having to move to Maui, I auditioned for and was hired by Tihati’s Drums of the Pacific show at the Hyatt(longest running Tihati production .). Again, an exciting six night a week gig , with frequently added two per night shows. I also toured with this cast a few times.
After having Ka’imi , I worked mostly as a soloist picking up gigs here and there in Hotels all over Maui.  My favorite was the twenty-one years I spent at the property formerly known as Intercontinental Hotel Maui. (There were three management changes over that time. Now currently a Marriott.). I was asked by Bill Boyd to be the house dancer at the award-winning Hula Moons Restaurant all week, and to dance the whole night with various Hawaiian Trios throughout the week , for four hours, period costume change each hour, which is unheard of for a hula dancer.  We expanded to five hours and did so for quite a few years. (Eventually, I found another hula dancer to cover my weekends.) 
At the time, I had a hotel room poolside as my dressing room so Ka’imi and his brother Kauhinui would spend many a night there.  Ka’imi as a young child up until he worked for a Polynesian production company, would always spend hours sitting near the stage, mesmerized, and study the Hawaiian Trio.  He once told me that he doesn’t know how, but he knows all the chords of these Hawaiian songs as he was able to improvise with anyone.  I believe he was immersed on a daily basis for years and so it became part of his essence.  In the latter years, I would open the Marriott Luau Show, then finish my night at Hula Moons(Later called Kumu)Restaurant.  There the Polynesian songs and drumming became part of him as well.
While dancing with the Waiehu Sons(Sheldon Brown, Kevin Brown, Danny Kapoi), Hula Moons restaurant was given the prestigious Kahili Award for the Hawaiian Entertainment and was used as a template for Halekulani’s House without a Key.
I also started to travel intermittently representing Maui Visitors Bureau for over two decades. And once again, with the Waiehu Sons, helped start the Kahului Airport Gig, which I was currently still performing at pre Covid.(March 13,2020 was our last night. Taught and danced at various resorts pre-covid as well)
 I have fond memories becoming one with all my treasured fellow entertainers and musicians, I am grateful for their beautiful music that inspires me to create, sometimes in that moment, and who have been role models who influenced Ka’imi , not only in music proficiency and culture, but in professionalism.  He has also been blessed with instruments , and pedals etc., and advice from too many to mention.  Maybe another time because many of them are Hoku nominees/winners and have written songs honoring me.
The foundation choreography of the song Pua Hone is of my beloved Auntie Bella Richards.  I owe all of my success to her.  She taught us to improvise and that is what I do in concert with Ka’imi’s captivating arrangement.  He inspires me to entwine my creation into Auntie Bella’s to become one for all time.
Mahalo for reading the blog.  Mahalo to all that made this happen.  If you missed the link above, here is another.

New Album !! Pohaku Motu !! By Request

Mahalo for you patience. It is finally available digitally and and physically. The album was influenced by you. The audience that I met at my gigs down in Waikiki and while I was on tour. I wanted to give you some classic covers with that island feel. Mind you, majority of the songs are rock songs. It’s another spin on the coined phrase “Island Rock with an Edge.”

I wanted to take it a step further and include a few traditional Hawaiian favorites. Pua Hone, Noho Pai Pai, and Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai are a few Hawaiian Mele that I perform live. Well, I decided to spice them up a bit.

Changing traditional songs are sort of looked down upon. I had to double check with a Kumu Hula to make sure I wasn’t stepping on any feet.  There are songs that we shouldn’t touch.  I’m glad that these three songs are good to go.  These songs include rock guitar and metal style drumming.  It’s good for the old and new to come together and open more possibilities for spreading Hawaiian music through different genres. 

Hope you guys enjoy the music.  Next album will have more originals and maybe a few Hawaiian tunes.  Mahalo for rocking out island style!!!




Here’s the tracks and info:

  1. Shine – Collective Soul
  2. Benny and the Jets – Elton John
  3. Pua Hone – Dennis Kamakahi
  4. Haleakala (House of the Rising Sun) – Public Domain
  5. Noho Pai Pai – Public Domain
  6. The Beautiful Ones – Prince
  7. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  8. Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai – Public Domain

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 – all instruments and vocals by Ka’imi 

Tracks 3 and 8 – Steve Keola on Bass – Luke D’Addario on Drums – Ka’imi on guitars, ukulele, and vocals

Track 5 – Luke D’ Addario on Drums – Ka’imi on all other instruments and vocals. 

All tracks mixed and mastered by Demitri Marmash.

Engineer – Shane Brede on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7. Track 3, 5, and 8 Demitri Marmash and Shane Brede.

Album Artwork – Ka’imi Hanano’eau

Pics – Aaron Eskeran 


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Pua Hone like you have never heard before

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

3 Time Finalist at the 43rd Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

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.

Feeling it on TV

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.

EP of the Year
EP of the Year Finalist
Alternative Album of the Year
New Album: Strum Along

Happy New Year 2020: Starting off with an EP called Ke Alana

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.

Back For a Few Months

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

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Strum Along Album is Available!!

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!

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For gig listings, please click here