Kalani Peʻa sings everything from classical, musical, ballads,
R&B, soul and of course Hawaiian music, displaying his
wide-ranging talents as a songwriter and music composer.
It started at age four when Peʻa was diagnosed with a
speech impediment; his mother Pua Leonard “introduced
my son to singing and music to help him pronounce his
words.” Leonard and Peʻa’s father Arthur (Ata) Peʻa, who
comes from a musical family, encouraged Kalani to take
vocal lessons and choir, and entered him in talent and
karaoke competitions. By the time he was 8 years old, Peʻa
was winning numerous talent competitions statewide.
At age 18 he won Brown Bags to Stardom, and won first
place in the National Association Teachers of Singing
Competition in Colorado/Wyoming chapter, in the men’s
category in classical and musical divisions. Peʻa won that
competition while a student at Colorado Mesa University
(Mesa State College, where he received his degree in Mass
Communications; he also has background in early
childhood education. “From speech therapy to being a
college graduate in communications,” noted Peʻa’s father with humor, “Kalani can’t stop talking and singing”.
In the process of planning his debut album, Peʻa contacted
Dave Tucciarone, a 13-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-Winning
Engineer and Producer based in Honolulu. “I had to travel every
weekend from Maui to meet Dave for seven months,
collaborate with my musicians, and just sing my heart out,”
Peʻa said of creating his first CD. The hard work paid off with
the 2017 Grammy® win, followed by his first Na Hoku Award.
Raves award-winning vocalist Darlene Ahuna,
“His voice will take you to the heavens. His passion for
music will have you rockin’ in your seat.“

Peʻa has spoken Hawaiian for over 25 years, starting Hawaiian immersion in third grade. A graduate of Ke Kula
‘o Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, the Hawaiian Language School in Puna, Peʻa went on to illustrate and publishe five
Hawaiian language children’s stories while working on his master's degree in early childhood education at the
University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo. This led to teaching at Kamehameha Preschools in Kona, followed by 8 years as a
Hawaiian resource coordinator for Kamehameha Schools on Maui, teaching Hawaiian culture with a science
focus and creating curriculum.
His Grammy and Na Hoku wins have now given him the opportunity to focus
on his music full-time. He was honored by the Hawai‘i State House of
Representatives with an official proclamation in 2017: “It is vital that
Native Hawaiian culture and the arts be perpetuated for future
generations: Kalani Pe’a is a tourchbearer and we recognize his
accolades, accomplishments, and continued work on behalf of Native

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