Kuana steps out ahead of the pack with his greatly anticipated release Kahele. Kahele is a collection of 14 brilliantly arranged and mastered original songs with a cast of backing musicians that elevates this release beyond anything this year. The album showcases Kuana’s songwriting ability, his masterful arrangements and introduction of several unique sounds to his music. Kuana continues to innovate, take chances and expand the boundaries of Hawaiian music on this project. “KAHELE” means to take a lei with you when you travel. Kuana has tried to exemplify this message in sharing his Aloha as he travels the world touring and teaching.
- Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Graphics, Liner Notes, and Christmas Album of the Year.
- Deluxe 16-page color booklet with photos, English and Hawaiian lyrics and notes from Kuana.
- Largest Hawaiian music CD production of the year with piano, live strings, a Disney accordion player, a Koto player flown in from Japan, two steel guitarists, Kuana on ukulele, bass and guitar.
- His first ever English song, the hapa haole “Makapu’u Moonlight.”
- Compositions span a 10-year period with two being written in one day while Kuana was in Sorrento, Italy – “Aloha Sorrento” and “Beauty A’o Moloka’i.”