Waipuna

Vocals & Island Harmonies

Waipuna

Photo: Kai Markell

Waipuna

Bold new sound of Hawaiian music!

“The men of Waipuna have once again created a recording that honors the Hawaiian language and displays the art of Hawaiian poetry in song. ” –KKCR

“The symphonic blends of Waipuna… are so melodic, they sooth the soul and fuel your mana [divine power]!” –Hawaiian 105 KINE Radio

Celebrating over 12 years at the forefront of Hawaiian contemporary music, Waipuna consistently wins Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammys”) Awards every time they have a new album, from 2012 to the present, for a total 8 awards. Waipuna is an exciting collaboration of three talented individuals, all from celebrated Hawaiian musical families.

Kale Hannahs is a veteran of the music scene, earning a reputation as a steady bass player and vocalist. His major in Hawaiian Studies finds voice in his songs. He was a founding member of the award winning group ‘Ale’a. Matthew Kawiaola Sproat was born and raised on O‘ahu, but is from the famous Sproat family from the Big Island. In 2003 Matt won the Big Island falsetto competition, and has both studied and performed with some of the best musicians in Hawaii. David Kamakahi, whose renowned father Dennis Kamakahi was one of Hawaii’s most prolific songwriters, started playing ‘ukulele at the age of 15, studying the greats, such as ‘ukulele master and mentor Eddie Kamae. His clear natural talent shines through in his exceptionally clean technique and exhilarating playing.

Their eclectic musical backgrounds yet similar tastes in music have led to their unique sound that draws comparisons to their name, “waipuna”, or spring waters – resource, life force, connecting to ancestors and nurturing generations to come. One critic has dubbed their distinctive sound “neo-traditionalist” – authentic roots with a contemporary energy, sensibility, and joy. They bring a fresh and contemporary energy to Hawaiian classics and to the island sound, preserving tradition while moving it into the 21st century. Hawaiian heritage is thriving, and Waipuna reflects both the traditions passed forward from the previous generations and the transformations that keep culture alive for the generations to come.

Tour Schedule

Fall 2022 TBA

 

Past Tours Dates

2022

Thurs July 21, 2022, Lake Meridian Park, City of Kent, WA

Tue July 26, 2022, Open Space, Vashon Island WA

Wed July 27, 2022, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR

Thurs, July 28, 2022 – Kenmore Summer Concert Series, Kenmore WA

Mon, May 16, 2022 – Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis MN

Wed, May 18, 2022 – Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL

Thurs, May 19, 2022 – The Ark, Ann Arbor MI

Fri, May 20, 2022 – The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City MO
Showcase – Folk Alliance International Conference

Sun, May 22, 2022 – Blue Note Napa, Napa CA

Sat, April 9, 2022 – Water Street Plaza Amphitheater, Henderson NV
Presented by the City of Henderson

Sat, April 16, 2022 – Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine CA

2020

Sat, Feb 8, 2020, Pacific University, Forest Grove OR

Sun, Feb 9, 2020, Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo CA

Wed, Feb 12, 2020, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley CA
With Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole & Shawn Pimental

Thurs, Feb 13, 2020, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA

Sun, Feb 16, 2020, The Sofia, Sacramento CA
presented by SBL Entertainment

Thurs, March 12, 2020, The John G Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene OR

2018

Thurs, Feb 1, 2018, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley CA
Fri, Feb 2, 2018, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA
Sat, Feb 3, 2018, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding CA

Kamehameha Trilogy

E Mau Kealoha

Tribute to Dennis Kamakahi

AWARD-WINNING PERFORMERS FROM HAWAI’I AND THE PACIFIC