Na‘u ‘Oe

This debut release from Kainani Kahaunaele is a collection of original and traditional compositions by a remarkable new talent — from Anahola, Kaua`i.

NOTE — Proceeds from this CD support research, design, and publication of Hawaiian language education and revitalization materials for use by the Punana Leo pre-schools, Hawaiian immersion schools, colleges and universities, and the general public.

Na Hoku Hanohano Awards :: 2004
Female Vocalist of the Year
Most Promising Artist(s) of the Year
Hawaiian Language Performance of the Year


Ohai Ula - 2010

Nearly seven years have passed since Kainani Kahaunaele release her debut recording, Naʻu ʻOe. The world has changed, Hawaiʻi has changed, and so has Kainani. During these intervening years this gifted young woman has become a devoted wife, loving mother and respected scholar of Hawaiian language and music. It will take but a single listen for you to hear her growth as a composer, singer, and performer.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the composers of the past who have provided for us in their mele an insight to their times, ways of life, and ways of thinking. We must not forget ourselves that the compositions of today will be that historical record for generations to come. Kainani has accepted this important kuleana. Whether written by Kainani or by another, whether written for her husband, daughter, family and friends, whether deeply romantic, introspective or humorous – each song gives us a very personal glimpse into her soul and her perspective of life in Hawaiʻi today. I am certain that future generations will appreciate her insightful sharing as much as we will today.

Keola Donaghy
ʻŌlaʻa, Hawaiʻi mokupuni

ʻŌhai ʻUla

1. Eia Ke Aloha    3:58    K. Kahaunaele

2. Hoʻomākeʻaka    3:04    James K. Kaholokula

3. Ka ʻŌahi Nowelo  4:34   K. Kahaunaele

4. Mahinakauahiahi    3:50   K. Kahaunaele

5. ʻŌhai ʻUla    4:01   K. Kahaunaele

6. Puaʻala    3:47   K. Kahaunaele

7. Nani Wale Kaʻuiki    3:13   K. Kahaunaele

8. Ke ʻAla ʻIliahi    4:05   K. Kahaunaele

9. Wahinekoʻolau    2:47   K. Kahaunaele

10. Waikūʻauhoe    3:12   K. Kahaunaele

11. Lei Pukana    4:00   Haunani Bernardino

12. Standing In the Rain    3:51   Francois Kahale