“Our Kuleana,” a brand new single by the Alohaland Collaborative hits the airwaves calling the community to action.
Multiple award-winning artists as well as up and coming musicians from Hawaiʻi Island have come together as the Alohaland Collective and released “Our Kuleana,” rallying alongside the community to stop the spread of COVID-19. “As the opening kāhea states, ‘No kākou ke kuleana!’ It’s our responsibility and together we can do this,” said Kainani Kahaunaele, vocalist on the project and five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner.
The “COVID-19” movement started three weeks ago as Big Island COVID-19 numbers began to spike, galvanizing the community to stop the spread of the virus. From thousands of social media posts of individuals taking the #ourkuleana challenge wearing masks, to a growing social media following @ourkuleanahawaii, the movement now has an anthem!
Hilo’s own Brandon Nakano and twelve other Hawaiʻi Island musicians brought their talents together in a matter of days to record the single, “Our Kuleana.” Nakano shared, “The Our Kuleana campaign had just rolled out, and composing and recording this song was a way for me to express what I was feeling and be able to help. Our biggest kuleana is to aloha each other!”
“The way this recording came together is a prime example of what is at the core of the campaign – a community coming together to take responsibility for community,” noted Randy Kurohara of Community First, the Hawaiʻi Island non-profit coordinating the Our Kuleana campaign.
Award-winning musician Bruddah Waltah Aipolani shared his simple yet compelling motivation for being a part of the project, “My kūpuna and my keiki are the reason why I feel this is my kuleana!”
Kurohara echoed these sentiments, noting that “We all have a kuleana to fulfill in order to stop the spread of the virus – government and health organizations and officials as well as all of us in the community.” For more information on Our Kuleana, visit ourkuleanahawaii.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram.
Photos: Tracey Niimi