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HAWAI`I  KEAWE


Male Vocalist of the Year and Multi-Award Winning Kuana Torres Kahele introduces a 6 CD series, “Music for the Hawaiian Islands”, with a tribute to Hawaii Island. Hawaiian music fans and hula lovers alike will delight in this collection of all original music from one of Hawaii’s most popular artists. Let Kuana’s rich vocals and enduring lyrics transport you to the lush beauty of Moku O Keawe.

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01 Hawai’i Keawe
02 Aloha No Kona
03 Hamakua Kihi Loa
04 Kawaihae
05 Kipuka
06 I La’ieikawai
07 Ka Uluwehi O Hilo
08 Ku’u Lei Hulili
09 Lei Lihilihi Lehua
10 Na Pana Kaulana O Hilo

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Kuana delivers a benchmark album with his greatly anticipated second solo release, KĀHELE. The brilliantly arranged collection of 14 original songs showcases Kuana’s songwriting ability and elevates this project beyond anything released in years. World class backing musicians give depth as Kuana continues to innovate, take chances and expand the boundaries of Hawaiian music. Recognized and praised as one of the leading living Hawaiian composers, Kuana’s KĀHELE is sure to have hula halau dancing for many years to come.

 

1. Ka‘ililauokekoa
2. Ka Leimomi
3. Kahulilau
4. Ka Pua ‘Alamea
5. Beauty A‘o Moloka‘i
6. Waipi‘o Paeaea
7. Aloha Sorrento
8. Ku‘u Mea Aloha
9. Ke Kula Lehu‘ula
10. Lehua Beauty
11. Nanina
12. Leime‘ala
13. Makapu‘u Moonlight
14. Ku‘u Lei, My Love
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Biography

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Kuana Torres Kahele was born on the slopes of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawai’i.  He began composing, arranging and playing traditional Hawaiian music at an early age.

Coming from an impressive lineage of musicians including Bill Ali’iloa Lincoln, Victor Kala, the Lim Family and George Holokai; Kuana seemed destined for a life of traditional Hawaiian music.  He was inducted at 15 by renowned Kumu Johnny Lum Ho as one of his permanent musicians for Hālau Ka Ua Kani Lehua.  Eighteen years later, Kuana still returns when needed to play for the Hilo halau.

In 1995 Kuana, with Këhau Tamure, formed the multi-award winning Nä Palapalai.  The duo gained critical acclaim for reviving Hawaiian classics, as well as for their original, new compositions.  From the meteoric rise of their debut CD, Makani ‘Olu’olu, the group has maintained a prominent presence in both the local and international hula and Hawaiian music scene.  Although still young, their contribution to hula is significant.  To this day, Kuana’s original, “Ke Anu O Waimea” is the most popular hula song in Japan, home to over 10,000 hula halau groups.

Still in his early 30′s, Kuana has over 15 years of professional experience in the industry. Fans know him for his incredible vocal range, while fellow musicians seek him out for his arranging, songwriting and producing abilities. Kuana continues to set the pace for talented, local musicians with a steady stream of strong, new compositions. Kuana has co-produced and arranged two consecutive Album of the Year winners: Kaunaloa and Lei Pua Kenikeni performed by Mark Yamanaka, and has garnered 13 new Nā Hōkū awards in just two years.

June 28, 2011, Kuana released his greatly anticipated solo CD, Kaunaloa. For Kuana, this was a project with songs that took a lifetime to create. He composed almost all of the 13 songs and Kaunaloa went on to win seven Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards in 2012 which tied Keali’i Reichel for the most ever from any Hawaiian artist. Kuana and the album Kaunaloa won: Album of the Year (Artist and producer), Song of the Year (“Na Vaqueros”), Male Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Liner Notes and Graphics. The CD has continued to gain momentum and popularity long after it’s release with almost every song being choreographed for hula.

This Holiday Season, Kuana gives us Hilo For The Holidays taking us on a musical ride to his hometown with a delightful collection of 10 songs. His release is fresh with new originals in Hawaiian and English, a handful of classic Hawaiian religious mele and several classic Christmas songs given new sparkle with arrangements and lyrics from Kuana. Pack your bags and come away to Hilo for the Holidays!

Coming Summer 2013 KAHELE, the follow up solo release from Kuana Torres Kahele.

 

Discography

Hilo for the Holidays

Kuana Torres Kahele, 2012 Male Vocalist of the Year, offers his newest, Hilo For The Holidays as one of this year’s hottest gifts of the season. This impressive collection of 10 songs combines the perfect balance of originals from Kuana, refreshing hapa haole hits and classic holiday songs all performed with Kuana’s unforgettable soaring vocals.1. Home For The Holidays2. Iesu E Komo Mai3. Silver Bells

4. Here Comes Santa In A Red Canoe

5. The First Noel

6. ‘Ekolu Mea Nui/Halelu

7. Christmas Don’t Be Late (Mele O Na Kiulela)

8. I Guess It’s Christmas

9. Hilo For The Holidays

10. Haleluia

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Kaunaloa

This album contains a collection of original songs I have written that represent my life’s journey for the past 15 years. It speaks to the individuals that I have been fortunate to learn from and to love. It honors my lineage and the places from where my ‘ohana has come: the great valleys of Waipi’o and Waimanu, the last Hawaiian fishing village of Miloli’i.

1. ‘Ulili E
2. Waimanu I Ka Lauoha
3. ‘Aina ‘O Miloli‘i
4. Waikahuli
5. Na Vaqueros
6. Keanakolu
7. Ke Anu ‘O Waimea (2011)
8. Pkake Anuhea
9. Lana‘ikaula
10. Palisa
11. Manoa I Ke Ko‘i‘ula
12. Na Pua Laumaewa
13 Mokihana Lullaby/Ua Noho Au A Kupa
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