Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

“Kanaka’ole… vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano (“skinny girl” voice, [she] said), a traditionalist tour de force.” –NY Times

“an inspired primer on preserving and perpetuating things and themes Hawaiian, with treats galore” –Honolulu Advertiser


Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole has been on stage since she could walk. A charismatic dancer and singer, with an impressive vocal range from tenor chant to Hawaiian falsetto singing, she is a five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano [Hawaiian “Grammy”] Award-winner with 3 solo CDs to her name. She is the great grandchild of Edith Kanaka‘ole, who was one of the seminal figures of the Hawaiian Renaissance which helped bring Hawaiian culture back into the central life of the Islands. Since birth, Kaumakaiwa has dedicated her life to her illustrious family’s practice and passion – hula (Hālau O Kekuhi) and Hawaiian culture. Her vocal performances are an outgrowth of the Hawaiian art of chant and songwriting, with roots in rhythms and metaphors of hula. She was honored with an NACF (Native Arts & Cultures Foundation) Fellowship Award. In 2018, she was invited to be an Opening Plenary Speaker at the APAP’s annual national conference in New York, as well as sit on a world music panel. She was the first Hawaiian performer to appear at globalFEST in New York.

A modern transgender Hawaiian (mahu wahine), she is a vibrant keeper of culture, an authentic innovator, and fun, as she engages indigenous thought to address today’s issues through music, chant, and sharing of spirit. With plenty of humor, she provides wry commentary and stories to give context to her songs. Award-winning musician and producer Shawn Pimental accompanies on guitar and backup vocals.

Shawn Pimental

Shawn Pimental is a Hoku Award winning producer who has worked with many familiar names in the studio as a musical director, including Na Palapalai, Three Plus, Na Leo, Keali'i Reichel, Rebel Souljahz, Lehua Kalima, Sonny Ching, and more. As a musician, he has performed and toured around the world with artists like Fiji, Kalapana, Jake Shimabukuro, Robi Kahakalau, Janet Jackson, Morgan Heritage and Hoobastank to name a few. Shawn also works with many Kumu Hula and their Halau, such as Kau'i Kamana'o, Aloha Dalire, Kunewa Mook, Sonny Ching, Sissy Ka'io, Ed Collier, Hoku Nihipali, O'Brian Eselu, Chinky Mahoe and more.

Waipuna

The Hawaiian word waipuna, translates into “spring water”, an essential resource for supporting life, the very definition of wealth. Just like the refreshing spring water that continually bubbles forth from the ground, the Hawaiian music group, Waipuna, who burst upon the music scene in 2008, has sustained a steady pulse of creative energy.

With dramatic musical arrangements and progressive instrumentation, Waipunaʻs one-of-a-kind sound combines the traditional teachings of their mentors and expands the boundaries and expectations of todayʻs Hawaiian music.

$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)

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