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.
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!
Purchase album: Choose one: CDbaby iTunes
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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.
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Mahalo and a hui hou.