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!
Some people been asking if I’m doing an opening slot as my own. To answer your questions, yes I am. So hopefully you guys can make it out to some of these. I am pretty excited. I wish I could get my band out, but I am happy to spread music however way I can. Got to love my looper pedal!
•3/1 – Anaheim, CA / House of Blues
•3/3 – Las Vegas, NV / Broklyn Bowl
•3/4 – Ventura, CA / Discovery
•3/7 – Morro Bay, CA / The Siren
•3/8 – San Diego, CA / Music Box
•3/11 – Phoenix, AZ / BLK
•3/14 – Sacramento, CA / Holy Diver
•3/15 – Santa Rosa, CA / Annie O’s
•3/16 – San Fran, CA / Kneck Woods
•3/18 – Santa Cruz, CA / Atrium
•3/23 – Tacoma, WA / Jazzbones
•3/24 – Tacoma, WA / Jazzbones
If you didn’t know, I released a new single called Freak of Nature! It’s is a hybrid ska/reggae/rock song. The message is about being different and to keep true to yourself. I like this song musically and lyrically. I co-wrote it with Gari Garrett. Please take a listen and support Hawaiians that perform various genre of musicother than Hawaiian music. Mahalo
Things have been moving fast. I took a trip and performed with Spawnbreezie and the Rugby 7 Tournament in San Jose, California where a small cold front came though and go us wet and cold. It was a good experience. I got to meet a couple of Fiji’s band member while we waited in that cold. All together it was a good show.
From the trip back, I was thrown into a practice with my bros to practice for my Blue Note Hawaii debut. We prevailed and the show turned out really well! I am pretty honored to have performed at an iconic venue like Blue Note. Mahalo to David Masuda, Paul Van, and Steve Keola for backing me in this project.
The following weekend I jumped in with Peni Dean and his crew and performed at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center for Shane Victorino’s free concert. Then jumped over to Moloka’i for a show with Peni. Cool thing is that I got featured on the Maui News front page…so random! lol
What’s new….well I am tryst another single before ends. It’s a song about the north shore of oahu. I’ve been on it through out the year, but my computer decided not to turn on. It has been shop for 3 week now. So hopefully I can get that done for you. I also have another tour coming up with Spawnbreezie. We are headed to New Zealand and Australia in January. So watch for some pics and vids!!
Have a Happy Christmas and New Years!! Be safe everyone!
I have been keeping quite busy since this past February. It has been tricky to keep up with all media updates. Especially when you are on the road at months end. Since my last post, I have been asked to go on tour with Spawnbreezie. He is my Samoan brother from another mother. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri.
Long story short, Spawnbreezie came to Hawaii for some shows and needed a guitar player to back his band. I jumped in and I guess I did a pretty good job. I then got pulled into his March tour which consisted of 16 venues in 6 states. I also got to open up a couple shows in the later part of the tour which was epic.
After that long month, I came back home and had to hustle for the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. My EP didn’t make it to the Finalist ballot, but I was a finalist in a couple other entries; Love Your Mother Compilation and Medusa(rock opera). It was a fun night and I wore a pretty cool outfit. I went solo to the Awards, so I didn’t get to many pictures of my outfit sadly. Many thought highly of it. Congrats to all the winners and fellow musicians of Hawaii!
The following month was festival season. One weekend we were in Guam which we co-headlinded with Magic!, the next in Alaska, then the last two were in Cali. San Diego and San Jose were the bigger festivals we performed at. At the end of that trip, we were informed about the next “short” tour which was a month away.
We were back on the US mainland in a blink of an eye. Luckily the tour started in Hawaii for the first weekend. We then met up in Las Vegas and ended the four week tour in Dallas, Texas. That was the longest and farthest driving I have ever experienced. We did 16 cities on this tour also. A couple of those drives consisted 8-14 hours.
Now I am back home and I am trying to get my band on a roll again. There were so many experiences in this past 6 month. It is very challenging to keep up and keep people informed what has been going on. I camp more on my social media via Instagram and Facebook. If you really want to know where I am at, please check out Kaimi Music on Facebook.
Maui Musician: Guitarist, Bassist, Ukulele player : 2015 and 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award Finalist