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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.
 
 

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
See you guys at the next Hokus!!!

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.

Hana Hou New Single Leading up to Strum Along Album

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.

For gig schedule, please click here

Mahalo and a hui hou.

 

New Single Realease!

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

Flow Tour Coming Fast

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

Sunday, October 14th:  Substation, Seattle   8p-11p

 

I will be updating for ticket URLs.  Stay tuned

Mahalo for all the love and support!

 

Feed My Crazy EP Available Now

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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!

Click CDbaby for download.  Click iTunes for download.

Music Video Teaser:

Ka`imi featured on KITV’s Summer Kanikapila

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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!
Link to KITV segment write up, click HERE

Ka`imi Hanano`eau at the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

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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: