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Raiatea Helm

Vocals & Island Harmonies

Raiatea Helm

Raiatea Helm

vocals & ‘ukulele

“[She] sings in the high-voiced throwback leo ki‘eki‘e style … poised and utterly elegant.” –New York Times

Raiatea Helm, a two-time Grammy nominee and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards recipient, is recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier female vocalists. Among her awards, she was honored in Hawai‘i twice as Female Vocalist of the Year. A master of the art of leo kiʻe kiʻe – the Hawaiian falsetto tradition – she shares her experiences and knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s rich history through traditional mele [songs]. Her music career spans 20 years and includes seven album releases, recorded and performed with legendary musicians including Keola Beamer, Aunty Genoa Keawe, Keali’i Reichel, Willie K and Mick Fleetwood.

 Her most recent album, A Legacy of Hawaiian Song and String, Volume 1, breathes new life into song selections composed, performed and popularized in the Hawaiian Islands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through this masterpiece, Raiatea presents a musical contribution of the stories, poetry and emotions of a once flourishing nation. Produced in partnership with the Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings, the music captured on this album will be remembered for generations to come. This recording recently placed #4 on Folk Alley Favorites: Best Trad of 2023 year-end roundup of “the albums that take traditional roots in new directions, … artists that are changing the way we think about traditional music.”

A graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – she took a break from touring to earn her degree — she is the first Hawaiian Musical Artist Fellow of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation and the 2021 awardee of the foundation’s SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program.

Tour Schedule


Past Tours Dates


Sat, May 12, 2018, Sea Life Park, Waimanalo HI
Makapu’u Twilight Concert Series

Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Blue Note Hawai’i, Honolulu HI


Tues, Mar 28, 2017, The Triple Door, Seattle WA

Fri, Mar 31 & Sat, Apr 1, 2017, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV

Sat, July 15, 2017, Makapu’u Twilight Concert Series, Sea Life Park, Waimanalo HI

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, Whittier College, Whittier CA

Fri, Oct 27, 2017, Blue Note Hawai’i, Honolulu HI


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