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Gifted with a gorgeous voice and a flair for composing resonant Hawaiian songs, his debut album established him as a major, innovative figure in contemporary Hawaiian music.
One of Hawaii’s brightest new stars. . . . His soulful voice showcases his many influences from classical, R&B, and soul, but his ʻike (Hawaiian knowledge) and love for our culture keeps it right where it needs to be.
In 2017, Kalani Pe‘a’s debut album E Walea took home the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album and the Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii’s “Grammy”) for Best Hawaiian Contemporary Album, making Hawaiian music history. E Walea hit number one on the iTunes World Music Charts and number twelve on the Billboard World Albums Charts. His eagerly anticipated second CD No ‘Ane‘i was released in August 2018. He was honored by the Hawaii 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 torchbearer.”
Peʻa was all about perpetuating Hawaiian language as he created his debut album E Walea, which means “to gather exuberantly,” and his recent release. At the same time, having grown up with Western popular music, Peʻa includes an affectionate sampling of his original arrangements and interpretations of some of his R&B favorites. In 2018, Pe‘a was awarded a prestigious Native Arts and Cultures Foundation fellowship.
“Peʻa totally commits himself to every song and is able to deliver with much passion using his wide vocal range,” notes Kalani’s award-winning record producer Dave Tucciarone.