Kalani Pe‘a

Kalani Pe‘a

Saturday, March 24

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts

Sacramento, CA

$30 (includes $5 Fac Fee)

This event is all ages

Kalani Pe‘a
Kalani Pe‘a
2017 GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER, 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, Singer/songwriter Kalani Peʻa, a native of Panaʻewa, Hilo, HI who currently resides on Maui has released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite classics. Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his album titled “E Walea” which means to come together like birds, be elated, exuberant and enjoy. On August 5th 2016 "E Walea" hit number 1 on the iTunes world music charts and on August 15th 2016 "E Walea" hit number 12 on the Billboard world albums charts. On February 12th 2017 Kalani Pe'a's debut album "E Walea" won the Grammy® Award for "Best Regional Roots Music Album" and made history by being the first Hawaiian Recording Artist to ever win in the category. On May 20th 2017 Kalani Pe'a's debut album "E Walea" received the Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii's version of the Grammys) for "Contemporary Album Of The Year". Kalani then made history by being the FIRST Hawaii Recording Artist to ever win a Na Hoku Award & Grammy Award for the same album.

Through research and planning the start of his debut album, Peʻa took the initiation to contact Dave Tucciarone, a 13 time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-Winning Engineer and Producer based in Honolulu. “I had to travel every weekend from Maui to meet Dave for seven months, collaborate with my musicians, and just sing my heart out,” Peʻa said. Tucciarone said Peʻa totally commits himself to every song and is able to deliver with much passion using his wide vocal range. “I am very pleased to hear how well Kalani Peʻa sings, “he said. One of the songs titled “He Wehi Aloha” features Nani Lim Yap, a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement awardee and award-winning kumuhula. Lim Yap said, “We need a Kalani. The best and no less.”

“His soulful voice showcases his many influences growing up from classical, R&B, and soul, but his ʻike (Hawaiian knowledge) and love for our culture keeps it right where it needs to be,” said Jaz Kaiwikoʻo, producer and radio personality. Kaiwikoʻo said he introduced Kalani to the world with his first two singles. “With Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing and Dave at the helm, one of Hawai’i’s brightest new stars just got brighter,” Kaiwikoʻo said.

It started at age four when Kalani Peʻa was diagnosed with a speech impediment according to his mother Pua Leonard who lives in Hilo. “I introduced my son to singing and music helped him pronounce his words. Speech therapy in preschool didn’t work for him,” Leonard said. “He started with his first song at age four singing I Feel My Savior’s Love.” Leonard and Peʻa’s father Arthur (Ata) Peʻa who comes from a musical family encouraged Kalani to take vocal lessons, choir, and entered him in numerous talent and karaoke competitions. Peʻa at age 8 won numerous talent competitions statewide. At age 18 he won Brown Bags to Stardom winning first place in the National Association Teacher’s of Singing Competition in Colorado/Wyoming chapter, placing first in the men’s category in classical and musical divisions. Peʻa won that competition while he attended Colorado Mesa University (Mesa State College) from 2001-2007 in Grand Junction, Colo. Peʻa received his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations/news editorial and has background in early childhood education. “From speech therapy to being a college graduate in communications, Kalani can’t stop talking and singing,” Peʻa’s father said with humor. Pe'a also worked on his master's degree focusing on early childhood education.

Peʻa is a 2001 graduate of Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, the Hawaiian Language School in Keaʻau, Puna, HI. Peʻa has illustrated and published 5 Hawaiian language children stories from Hale Kuamoʻo at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Peʻa wears multiple hats and uses his proficiencies as a songwriter/music composer, singing anything from classical, musical, ballads, R&B, soul and ultimately Hawaiian music. Peʻa is proficient in publishing news and magazine articles. He worked for two years as an assignment editor at KJCT News 8, an ABC affiliate in Grand Junction. Peʻa speaks Hawaiian for 25 years, starting Hawaiian immersion in third grade, he has taught Hawaiian culture with a science focus and creating curriculum for almost 8 years. He was a preschool teacher at Kamehameha Preschools in Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i for 4 years. He recently departed his position as a Hawaiian resource coordinator at Kamehameha Schools- Kealakūlia on Maui to pursue his Music Career full-time.

A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning Female Vocalist Darlene Ahuna from Hilo, HI said she has known Kalani all of his life. She watched Kalani develop and grow as an artist. “His voice will take you to the heavens. His passion for music will have you rockin’ in your seat, “ Ahuna said.

He kuleana ko ka ua kanilehua. He maʻū makamaka ia na ka Moani. He pohu lā ia na ka Puʻulena. He pē ana i ke kai o Hanakahi. Ua honi ke kini o ka Hilo Pali Kū. Mai Puna Paiaʻala i ka hala. Keaukaha ʻo Laehala, i Kona Kai ʻŌpua i ka Laʻi a i Maui Nui a Kama. Eia au....
Venue Information:
Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts
2700 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA, 95816