Rising in Love is classic Lehua. Original, rich in romance and is supported by an amazing band featuring Shawn Pimental on guitar & drums, Michael Grande on keyboards & piano, Imua Garza on electric & acoustic guitar, Randy Aloya on Bass, Kaleo del Sol on guitar & vocals, Jay Dee Mannes on Pedal Steel, Michael Paulo on Sax and Jon Porlas on percussion. While still performing as a vital part of Nā Leo, Lehua Kalima spreads her wings releasing this much-demanded first solo CD.
While at Kamehameha Schools, Lehua joined with two good friends, Nalani Choy and Angela Morales to form Nā Leo Pilimehana. By their senior year, they won a huge radio competition in Honolulu, Brown Bags to Stardom, playing in front of thousands at the Waikiki Shell. Nineteen albums and 20 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards later, they continue to record and perform throughout the world. Lehua’s talent extends beyond the sultry tone it lends to the group’s sound, her lyrics have been award winning and memorable. Prevailing with three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Best Song of the Year in 1996 for “Flying With Angels,” in 1999 for “Rest of Your Life” and in 2001 for “Saving Forever” has placed Lehua in an unmatched category as a lyricist. Rising in Love has all the elements necessary to fall in love.