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2017 GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER – Regional Roots
“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
“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.” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser
“One of Hawai’i’s brightest new stars…His soulful voice showcases his many influences 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
In 2017 Kalani Pe’a’s debut album E Walea took home the Grammy® Award for “Best Regional Roots Music Album”, followed by the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy) for Best Hawaiian Contemporary Album, making Hawaiian music history. E Walea hit number 1 on the iTunes World Music Charts and number 12 on the Billboard World Albums Charts. His eagerly anticipated second CD No ‘Ane‘i was released in August 2018. He was honored by the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives with an official proclamation in 2017: “It is vital that Native Hawaiian culture and the arts be perpetuated for future generations: Kalani Pe’a is a tourchbearer.”
Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language as he created his debut album E Walea, which means to gather exuberantly, and his recent release. At the same time, having grown up with western popular music, Kalani includes an affectionate sampling of his original arrangements and interpretations of some of his R&B favorites. In 2018, Kalani Pe‘a was awarded a prestigious Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship.
“Peʻa totally commits himself to every song and is able to deliver with much passion using his wide vocal range”, noted Kalani’s award-winning record producer Dave Tucciarone.
TOURS with 2-pc band (guitar & bass)
Fri, Nov 9, 2018, Blue Note Hawai’i, Honolulu HI
2 shows: 6:30 and 9:00 PM
Past Tour Dates
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Music Video: He Lei Aloha