Hāwane Rios is deeply honored and humbled to announce the upcoming release of her latest Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Nominated album Kū Kiaʻi Mauna Together We Rise mixed in binaural 3D audio technology in collaboration with Religion Records. With the use of regular headphones, experience Hawanes music arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation of actually being in the room with the performers and instruments.
Kū Kiaʻi Mauna Together We Rise is a body of work dedicated to aloha ʻāina – the love of the land from mountain to sea. Each song is an offering of prayerful solidarity to all who show up, stand up, and speak up for the rights of the earth and all people. Hāwane weaves chant, song, and spoken word throughout the soundscape of the album in the language of her homelands, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, and English, with the intention of calling for the return of dignity and respect to the indigenous peoples of this world and the sacred places that we stand to protect. She was inspired to record the story of the powerful changes and shifts that are occurring in this time – the rising of Hawaiʻi to stand for Mauna Kea, the movements for the protection of balance in respect and reverence for all living beings, and the healing that comes from unity, community, and the collective intention and action for a healthy future for the next seven generations and beyond. She offers these songs from her heart grounded in the spirit of Aloha.
Kū Kiaʻi Mauna Together We Rise is available for download on all digital platforms on August 27, 2020.
About the Artist
Hāwane Rios is a Mauna Kea Protector and award-winning singer/songwriter from Puʻukapu, Waimea on the Island of Hawaiʻi. She was raised from an early age in the traditional art forms of chant and dance of her people which created a strong foundation for her passion for music and songwriting. She believes that music is a powerful catalyst for change and is moved to write and sing songs with a healing and unifying message. Being of Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Chamorro, Taino, Portuguese, and English descent, she feels her lineages, cultural traditions, music, advocacy work, and commitment to aloha ʻāina, connects her to the world and to the collective responsibility we have to care for and protect Mother Earth.
Hāwane Rios has been nominated in 3 categories for the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards: Most Promising Artist, Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year
Courtesy images provided by Saddle Road Productions.