“(Ms). Kanaka’ole…was backed only by a guitarist in songs drawing on island traditions, particularly chameleonic vocals. (She) vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano ((her) “skinny girl” voice, (she) said),
a traditionalist tour de force.” –The New York Times
- Native speaker of the Hawaiian language & graduate of the language immersion program revitalization movement. 1985-2000
University of Hawaii at Hilo BA.
Currently pursuing post baccalaureate program in mythology.
- Performing artist
5 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawai'i's "Grammy") winner
Grammy nominee (collaborative work)
Filmed Great Performances PBS (National Endowment for the Arts)
Tours to Japan, Mexico, US, Australia, New Zeland, Tahiti, Greece
November 2013, awarded the Martin Luther King Jr-Cesar Chavez –Rosa Parks Visiting Professorship of the University of Michigan
Stanford University, First Nations cohort Mellon Fellows Doctoral candidate cohort
Hawaii Writers Conference
WIPC (World Indigenous Peoples Conference)
Halauaola (World Hula Conference)
Hawaii Conservation Conference
Hawaii International Film Festival
Indigenous educators conferences hosted by the Edith Kanaka'ole Foundation.