Michael Keale’s name was given to him by his grandfather. He was told it meant ‘day of glory’. But to the contrary, Michael Kalao’onani Keale came from humble beginnings. He grew up in Kailua, O`ahu during the 1950’s. His mother was raised in the cane fields of Ka’eleku, Maui and his father, on the beaches of Waikiki. Though coming from very diverse backgrounds, Michael’s parents loved to entertain and had a passion for all types of music. This same passion they passed on to their children. Songs like “Baby Kalai”, “God Bless My Daddy”, and “Pua Carnation” were the fabric of Michael’s early life and reminds him of a unique time when life was simple and somewhat measured.
Another one of Michale’s early influenced in music was his Uncle Wilfred “Moe” Keale. Moe started playing music in his teens and eventually became an accomplished actor and a Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musician. Uncle Moe became a role model for Michael, his brother Bill, his cousins, Nalani, Walt Mix-Kealekupuna and Skippy and IZ Kamakawiwo’ole.
At the age of 56, Michael released his debut album Remember in July, 2010. Featuring Michael’s crooning, silken bass vocals, Remember received positive response from fans and critics for its mix of music from Hawai`i’s past and present. Songs like “Ahulili”, and “Kamalani O Keaukaha”, as well as traditional English standards such as “Waikiki” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” earned Michael two prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominations in 2011 for “Island Album of the Year” and “Most Promising Artist”.
Michael has entertained at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Marriorr’s Moana Terrace in Waikiki. He also has shared stages with his cousins IZ and Skippy Kamakawiwo`ole, Uncle Moe Keale, Dennis Kamakahi, Melveen Leed, Martin Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, and George Kuo, just to name a few. Michael continues to share his aloha, capturing the hearts of visitors and kama`aina alike at the Kaua`i Coast Resort’s Hukilau Lanai, and Hanalei’s Tahiti Nui Lounge.