“[She] sings in the high-voiced throwback leo ki‘eki‘e style [Hawaiian falsetto] … poised and utterly elegant.”
–New York Times
Winner! 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawai'i's Grammy) for Female Vocalist of the Year
With 8 Na Hoku Awards and 2 Grammy nominations to her name, Raiatea won the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award as Female Vocalist of the Year for her newest CD He Leo Huali "A Pure Voice".
At age 18, Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire with her pure, clear voice and the release of her debut CD Far Away Heaven in 2002. She is a natural performer of leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto), and within days of the release, she was being heralded as the successor to such Hawaiian music greats as Aunty Genoa Keawe and Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom.
Her first CD captured 2 prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) awards as Female Vocalist of the Year and Most Promising Artist; she then went on to earn 4 more Na Hoku Awards in 2006, including Favorite Entertainer, for her second release Sweet and Lovely, earning national attention and making Hawaiian history by becoming Hawaii’s first-ever solo female vocalist to be nominated for a Grammy©. She was nominated a second time in 2008.
Sweet and Lovely was also recognized in the top 10 of “The 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century;” noted the judges; “This [CD] solidified the young artist’s place in the Hawaiian music firmament…not bad for a 21-year-old from Moloka‘i.”
She tours with a 2- to 3-piece backup band.
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