Big Island musician and Grammy Award winner Kalani Pe’a is bringing his Christmas concert to the Kahilu Theatre Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7 PM. Ticket info below.
Kalani will sing traditional Christmas songs as well as perform new original music off his latest release, No ‘Ane’I(We Belong Here), which reflects on the importance of playing a part in the foundation of Hawaiian culture and the preservation of Hawaiian identity and the values that keep Hawai’i thriving. Kalani will be joined by award-winning dancers Miss Aloha Hula Bernice Alohanamakanamaikalanimai Davis Lim-Carvalho as well as Kumu Hula Ka’ea Lyons and Kumu Hula Kahelelani Lyons of Halau Ka’eaikahelelani for this all-out Christmas celebration.
Born and raised in Pana’ewa, Hilo, Kalani took up singing at the age of 4 as a means to overcome a speech impediment. His parents, Arthur Pe’a and Pua Leonard, encouraged him to take vocal lessons, join choir, and enter talent competitions that helped him to conquer his stutter and speak both English and Hawaiian fluently without a stammer. It is through his music that Kalani has had the opportunity to be more than just a singer. He is an educator, a cultural practitioner, and also a visual artist who has illustrated five Hawaiian language children’s books. In August 2016 Kalani proved the transformative power of music when his award-winning debut album, E Walea, was released.
Kalani Pe’a made history in early 2017 when he became the first Hawaii-resident recording artist to win a Grammy Award since Hawaiian music was included in the “Regional Roots Music” category. Later that same year, Kalani also took home a Hoku Award, making him the first Hawaii-resident ever to take home both awards for the same project. Nearly two years later Pe’a is back with a second album that is every bit as good as the first. The new album features 12 songs and includes eight original compositions, including an innovative mele ku’e, or “song of resistance”, titled Pa’a Mau.
If You Go
What: Kalani Pe’a Christmas Concert
When: Saturday, December 15 at 7 PM
Where: Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela
Information: Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela.
All promo photos supplied by Kahilu Theatre.
Kalani Pe’a’s official website: https://www.kalanipeamusic.com