Hawaiian singer-songwriter and kumu hula Keali’i Reichel will perform at the Kahilu Theater on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. This event marks the opening of the Theatre’s 2019/2020 season titled Being Alive. Ticket info below.
Keali‘i was born and raised on Maui. His passion for the language and culture of Hawai‘i led him to become the founding director for Pünana Leo O Maui, the Hawaiian language immersion school. He also founded his own hula school, Halau Ke`alaokamaile, in 1980 and has won numerous awards over the years.
Keali‘i Reichel has been at the forefront in the revival and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. He is a world-class performer, best-selling recording artist, multiple award-winning kumu hula, prolific composer, renowned chanter, choreographer, dancer, crafter, scholar and teacher. Keali’i has cemented his place in the Hawaiian music industry, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame for his achievements in all facets of Hawaiian music, chant and hula. He has received Grammy nominations for his 2004 CD Keʻalaokamaile and his 2015 release Kawaiokalena, and 32 Na Hoku Hanohano awards over a musical career spanning 20 years.
He has opened concerts for Bonnie Raitt, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion and Sting, and has played such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and consistently sells out concerts from Honoka‘a to Honolulu, Seattle to San Diego, Okinawa to Osaka.
Keali‘i retains his initial goal of presenting new compositions in the Hawaiian language for hula students, and he works to dispel long-held stereotypes of Hawai‘i’s living culture and her indigenous people. Despite critical acclaim and fame, Kealiʻi is a Kumu Hula at his core. His commitment to the perpetuation of his ancestor’s teachings and values continues today in the lives of his students.
If You Go… Have A Good Show!
Keali’i Reichel will perform at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7 PM and Sunday, September 22 at 2 PM. Tickets are $65/$35 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).
Courtesy photos supplied by the Kahilu Theatre