3 New Albums from Hawai‘i Musicians to Listen to Right Now

Award-winning artists bring music and message together in a mix of new albums for holiday gifts and beyond.


Published:

No ‘Ane‘i

Kalani Pe‘a

Kalani

Photos: Island Heritage and Antonio Agosto for Kalani Pe‘a

 

Kalani Pe‘a burst onto the national music scene last year when he won a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music album. The Hilo native, who now lives on Maui, hasn’t slowed down: He’s touring, writing and released his sophomore album this year. No ‘Ane‘i (We Belong Here), entered Billboard’s World Album chart at No. 11 in August. It includes eight compositions that Pe‘a wrote or co-wrote, showing off his impressive range, a blend of traditional and pop. He penned a sweet ode to his grandmother, “Kahunani No ‘Ōla‘a.”  The title track was composed for the Hawaiian immersion public charter school he attended, Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u in Puna. And who can resist the playful “‘Elala He Inoa” (joined by Ho‘okena and Moon Kauakahi), in which Pe‘a describes how battles with such everyday pests as B-52 roaches and centipedes can discourage us yet we rally and persevere.

 

Beautiful Day

Na Leo

Na Leo

 

In 1984, the musical trio of Nalani Jenkins, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales won the high school Brown Bags to Stardom contest with their sassy and controversial song, “Local Boys.” Since then, they’ve released more than 20 albums and are credited as the best-selling female Hawaiian music group in the world. The latest, their first in seven years, includes four original songs. They include an upbeat title track, the sweet “My Favorite Place” and a cover of “What the World Needs Now” with ‘ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. “We all turned 50 a couple of years ago, and it’s an interesting stage of life … we feel stronger and happier than ever,” Jenkins says. Sony Music plans to launch the CD in Japan next year, along with a limited run on vinyl. “Our only other album released on vinyl was the original, ‘Local Boys,’” she says.

 

Ua Kō, Ua ‘Āina

Keauhou

Keauhou

 

Released in October, Ua Kō, Ua ‘Āina is the final installment of Keauhou’s three-album suite. The trio is Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio and brothers Nicholas and Zachary Lum, all educators and graduates of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and passionate about performing and perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music. Their first two albums, Keauhou and I Ke Ko A Ke Au, together garnered 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. The latest stays true to the voyaging theme, this time celebrating a journey completed. The collection includes four new compositions and nine seldom-heard mele. Standout tracks include: John Almeida’s “Lei Pua Melia,” celebrating the beauty of plumeria on May Day; and originals “Waikalua” and “Ku‘u Liko Lehua,” a soulful, smoky song.

 

$15.99 each. Find all three artists at islandheritagemusic.com.

 

READ MORE STORIES BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine February 2019
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

9 Greatest Honolulu Homes

Great Homes

Stunning, historic, extraordinary.

 

Can the Mainland Do Poke Right? Do We Want Them To?​

Poke

Martha Cheng, author of The Poke Cookbook and former line, talks about how a New York City publisher decided Hawai‘i’s favorite pūpū was for everybody.

 

50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Books

The most iconic, trenchant and irresistible island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Local Fruit in Hawai‘i

Fruit

Fruits are part of our history and culture, a way for us to feel connected to our community.

 

 

A Local’s Guide to Buying Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Five Hawai‘i brands have created reef-safe sunscreens that are safe for your ʻohana and the ocean. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags