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 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
Aloha Everyone! I am proud to have my new music available online for you to listen and download. The music video will be up soon so watch for it! I just want to thank everyone who help with the project. This wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for you guys.
Mahalo Raybern Freitas, Robert and Hulali Brede, Gari Garrett, Eric Madrid (Enharmonic Studios), Luke D’Adarrio, Tifa and Lucky Ito and to all the family and friends that supported and helped me along the way. I hope you enjoy the music. Some Island Rock with an Edge!
Shortly after the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, I was one of the artists featured in KITV’s Summer Kanikapila. We filmed my segment in Nu’uanu, O’ahu, and it features two of my songs, “Til The Morning Comes” and “Higher Light.” Other fellow musicians that were also featured in this series included Chad Takatsuji, Henry Kapono, Kawika Kahiapo, John Keawe, Shar Carillo, and Kamakakehau Fernandez. Mahalo to KITV reporter Moanikeala Nabarro for including me amongst such great company!
Top picture: Ka`imi Hanano`eau (right) with Jamie Ernestburg (left). Photo credit: Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Nadine Kam. Bottom picture: Ka`imi with Poi Planet’s Tracy Larrua and Guy Hess. Photo Credit: Poi Planet.
This year, Ka`imi Hanano`eau recieved a Nā Hōkū final ballot nomination for his EP “Ukulele What?” in the EP of the year category.
Ka`imi’s outfit this year showcased light tones of brown with a touch of red. He wore brown shoes with red tips, made by Robert Wayne. His dress shirt is custom-made, and the designs are hand-stitched by Puamana Crabble of Puamana Crabble Designs. Check Ka`imi out in Star Advertiser’s Nadine Kam’s coverage of the first annual Poi Planet Style Awards (see below).
Next week, Ka`imi will be in Canon City, Colorado performing at the Royal Gorge White Water festival on June 24th and 25th, being the only act to perform on both days of the event. He will also be releasing a new EP that will consist of his signature alternative-rock style along with rock-reggae tracks.
Here is Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Nadine Kam’s coverage of the Poi Planet Style Awards at the Nā Hōkūs:
“Ukulele What?” received a 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nomination for EP (extended play) of the Year. Ka`imi’s album showcases the ukulele in a brand new light. It entices alternative, rock, Jazz, and Hawaiian music all in one EP, with the ukulele as the front-man. Titles include “D What,” which is played with a D6 KoAloha ukulele, alternative track “G Dorian Rock,” surf-inspired “Kona.” and a cover of Santana’s “Europa.”