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.
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.”