Na Leo

na-leoNA LEO PILIMEHANA, which in Hawaiian means the “voices blending together in warmth”, is the most popular, most award-winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the world. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales. These three Hawaiian women run their own record label; compose, record and perform music; they do volunteer work; play sports and they’re moms. They are real women with real lives sticking close to their ideals and putting their friendship first. THE BEGINNING… Angela and Nalani met in the first grade, and six years later, both met Lehua in the seventh grade at Kamehameha Schools. All three shared a love of music and became members of the concert glee club. They had their first hit as seniors when they entered Hawaii’s talent contest, “Brown Bags to Stardom” in 1984 with their original song, “Local Boys.” The 45 single became the biggest selling single in Hawaii history. Later that same year, they put out their first hit album, also entitled “Local Boys.”

Discouraged with the ups and downs of the music scene, they decided to get on with other things, like college, jobs and marriage. 7 years later, they missed singing together…writing songs…the fun they had composing and playing. In 1993, they released “Friends,” another Hoku-award winner and a huge hit. So much of a hit that the Hawaii Department of Education tried to ban students from playing the tune at graduation because it made reference to “God.” Over their career they started their own record label, signed with Sony Japan, released 23 CDs, won 22 Hoku Awards, have been in the top 20 AC charts nationally with Poetry Man and The Rest of Your LIfe, and made music that’s become part of our lives. They are the biggest selling Hawaiian band every in Japan. 2014 marks their 30th Anniversary.