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.
Most recently, their 2022 release Native Lands garnered multiple awards at the Nā Hōku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiʻiʻs “Grammy”). Kulāiwi was honored with Group of the Year, as well as Album 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 celebrates Hawai‘i today.
Past Tours Dates
Fri Sept 22, 2023 – Myron’s Caberet Jazz at The Smith Center, Las Vegas NV
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
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
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)