2017 GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER
Winner! 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawai'i's Grammy) for Contemporary Album of the Year E Walea
“Gifted with a gorgeous voice and a flair for composing resonant Hawaiian songs, his debut album established him as a major, innovative figure in contemporary Hawaiian music.” – Maui News
Kalani "... made history as the first Hawaii recording artist EVER to have received a Grammy Award and a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for the same project. No one has accomplished that before..." - John Berger, Honolulu Star Advertiser
“One of Hawai’i’s brightest new stars…His soulful voice showcases his many influences growing up from classical, R&B, and soul, but his ʻike (Hawaiian knowledge) and love for our culture keeps it right where it needs to be” -- Jaz Kaiwikoʻo, producer and radio personality
Kalani Peʻa, a native of Panaʻewa, Hilo, HI who currently resides on Maui, has released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite covers. Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his album titled E Walea which means to come together like birds, be elated, exuberant and enjoy.
“Peʻa totally commits himself to every song and is able to deliver with much passion using his wide vocal range”, noted award-winning record producer Dave Tucciarone, who produced Kalani’s CD. “I am very pleased to hear how well Kalani Peʻa sings.“ One of the songs on the CD titled “He Wehi Aloha” features Nani Lim Yap, a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement awardee and award-winning kumu hula (hula master). Lim Yap said, “We need a Kalani. The best and no less.”
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