Nā Palapalai was formed in 1995 by original members Kuana Torres Kahele and Kapulanakehau Tamure in their hometown of Hilo, Hawai`i. They were raised on traditional Hawaiian music and polished their skills playing local shows and backyard pa`inas. As the band evolved, new talent joined and left the duo including: Wailau Ryder, Akoni Malacas and Keao Coasta. All help to form the 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano-award winning Nā Palapalai.
The band brings a raw energy and enthusiasm to traditional Hawaiian music rately seen today. Makani `Olu`olu, the group’s 2003 debut album was applauded by critics and fans alike. They continue to receive praise for their ability to take traditional songs and magically rearrange them for both young and old to appreciate today.
The group followed with two more award winning releases: Ke `Ala Beauty and Kā Pua Hae Hawai`i. All three albums have become veritable soundtracks for hālau dancing hula worldwide. Valued for their original compositions and heavenly falsetto harmonies, the duo has made a significant contribution to the legacy that is Hawaiian music.
Kuana and Kehau are trendsetters in leo ha`iha`i, the Hawaiian falsetto sound. Their passion for the music shines through in every performance. They contribute to deliver powerhouse performances to sold out crowds worldwide.