Photo Dancer: Eric Morgensen
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.
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 the indigenous point-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. Joined by bass player Joe Berinobis for some performances.
Accompanied by award-winning hula dancer Pono Fernandez, who is also an educator and ethnomusicologist, they create an evening that represents Hawai‘i today, while remaining mindful of their deep emotional connections to their roots.
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
Thu Sep 23 The Triple Door, Seattle WA
Fri Jan 21 Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine CA
Additional West Coast dates pending
Past Tours Dates
E Lili’u E with Hula (cue to 2:00)
Ku’u Lei Pua Kenikeni with Hula (cue to 1:05)
Eo Ku Kia’i Mauna