Mailani....one of Hawai‘i's rare beauties, shares her newest release "Manawa" with the world. Manawa or "time" in Hawaiian attempts to recapture special memories shared with people, places and moments she holds dear to her heart. Like the many strong women of Hawaii,
Mailani epitomizes the quality woman Hawaii has to offer. She is firmly rooted in her family as well as Hawaiian culture, language, and practices the art of Lomilomi. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Art Degree in Hawaiian Studies with a minor in Hawaiian language from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and continues to seek and further her knowledge and honor those who have come before her. The evolution of Mailani has been a fine
balance between independence, sophistication, provocative, but also timeless. Mailani pushes the limits of the 21st century Hawaiian woman.
Mailani grew up in Kailua and is part of a musical family. She started singing at the age of two and taught herself 'ukulele while in intermediate. It was at Maryknoll High School that she met Lei Melket with whom she later formed, Keahiwai, one of the most popular female
duos in Hawai'i in 2000.
Keahiwai released its first album, "Local Girls" in May 2001 and it garnered two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. The duo went on to release four more additional award winning albums and made a place for themselves in the Hawaii music industry.
Mailani continued creating music and songwriting and stepped into her own solo career with her first self entitled release in 2010 which garnered her the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Female Vocalist of the Year, and sophomore solo album, "'‘ ina." Culminating the many years of experience this is her third solo release, "Manawa" making it one of her greatest achievements. With her unique sultry vocals and her beautiful lyrics to new compositions in the Hawaiian language she will captivate the ears and hearts of many.
Mailani continues to be an ambassador of aloha in service on the board for HARA and volunteered much of her time to countless organizations including Queen Kapi'olani Hospital, Pūnana Leo, Hawai‘i Food Bank, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association Hawai‘i, and the department of education to schools throughout Hawai‘i, etc. Manawa is all we really have to enjoy our loved ones, to share our stories, to endure life‘s lessons, and to give to and connect with the rest of the world. E nanea mai, Come and enjoy Manawa, enjoy this time.