Kulaiwi - Native Lands

Island Contemporary

Kulaiwi - Native Lands

Photo Dancer: Eric Morgensen

Kulaiwi – Native Lands

 

“The harmonies …were breathtaking… Kulāiwi’s Hawaiian roots were evident in many of the songs.” –Big Island Music

Three of Hawai‘i’s leading award-winning performers and musicians —  Lehua Kalima (of Na Leo), Shawn Pimental, and Kawika Kahiapo have joined forces!  Hawaiian musicians, singers, songwriters, entertainers, they have formed Kulaiwi to create music that springs from their Native Hawaiian roots. Says Kalima, “We started just playing together, and it was magical.”

Kulāiwi means “land of my ancestors”. With soaring vocals, island harmonies and a folk vibe, along with an easy-going charisma and witty banter, they are committed to telling the stories of Hawai’i – the land and the people – from their indigenous points-of-view. Their prodigious talents as lyricists and composers create music imbued with Hawaiian values and ways of seeing and living in the world. Both their original songs and their selections of Hawaiian classics are inspired by diverse musical styles and reflect their passionate commitment to their islands. 

Their 2022 release album Native Lands garnered multiple awards at the Nā Hōku Hanohano Awards held in July 2022 (Hawaiʻiʻs Grammy).  Kulāiwi was honered with Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Hawaiian Music Album of the Year and Hawaiian Engineering of the Year.

Accompanied by award-winning hula dancer Pono Fernandez, who is also an educator and ethnomusicologist, they create an evening that expresses their deep emotional connections to their roots and personifies Hawai‘i today.

New self-titled CD release September, 2021. To purchase: kulaiwimusic@gmail.com

Website: Kulaiwi

Tour Schedule

Upcoming 2022 TBA

 

 

Past Tours Dates

2022

Thurs, July 7, 2022 – Blue Note Napa, Napa CA

Fri Jan 21  Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine CA

Tues Jan 25  SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara CA

 2021

Thu Sep 16  Center for the Arts, Grass Valley CA

Sat Sep 18  Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA

Sun Sep 19  Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV

Tue Sep 21  Alberta Rose, Portland OR

Thu Sep 23  The Triple Door, Seattle WA

 

Ka Nani A‘o Maunakea

E Lili’u E with Hula (cue to 2:00)

Eo Ku Kia’i Mauna

Ku’u Lei Pua Kenikeni with Hula (cue to 1:05)

AWARD-WINNING PERFORMERS FROM HAWAI’I AND THE PACIFIC