Songs & Stories Podcast: Brandon Nakano Discusses “Our Kuleana”


Songs & Stories Podcast
Season Two: Bonus Episode

Show Notes: Hilo composer/musician Brandon Nakano discusses his new single “Our Kuleana,” which features multiple award-winning artists as well as up-and-coming musicians from Hawaiʻi Island. In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Nakano sent out a request to the music community for assistance on the recording, and the response he got was incredible.

Known informally as the Alohaland Collaborative, Nakano was joined by Kainani Kahaunaele, Will Kauhane, Braddah Waltah Aipolani, Mark Yamanaka, Ira Keakaualua, Chris Carbarloc, and Preston Paulo. The musicians included Emma Coloma-Nakano on bass, Alan Gebin on keys, CJ Kama on drums, and Brandon Nakano on ʻukulele and guitars. Read our press release for the single here.

This podcast features an interview with Nakano and the single “Our Kuleana.” You can purchase the song on iTunes, or stream it on Spotify and Pandora. 

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About Our Kuleana
Our Kuleana – a project of Community First – is a community-based effort to mobilize Hawaiʻi island residents during critical times of need, initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being a part of the Hawaiʻi island ʻohana is a privilege that comes with an inherent kuleana, or duty, to our people and place. The devastating impacts of COVID-19 have presented an opportunity for us to fulfill our kuleana to protect and care for each other. For more information, please visit

About Community First
Community First is a 501 (c) 3 that serves as a neutral forum for the community to come together and as a catalyst for solutions to improve health and lower medical costs on Hawai’i lsland based on the community good. Community First envisions a community that not only takes personal responsibility for individual health, but helps each other care for their mutual well-being. Strategies focus on (1) tipping the idea of healthcare from treating disease to caring for health through grassroots, community initiatives and (2) creating trust and collaboration so that the community, particularly the medical and social service providers, can work together to realize the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. For more information, visit

Photos: Tracey Niimi


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