Kamalei
Kapualana
Hanamaikaʻi
Kawaʻa

 

Kamalei Kapualana Hanamaikaʻi Kawaʻa was born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui in Waiehu by his parents, Lewllyn & Luana Kawaʻa. Kamalei learned how to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi from his mother, as well as from attending the Hawaiian Immersion Program with his brother, Kamaehu Kawaʻa. He went to Pūnana Leo o Maui, Paʻia Elementary, Kalama Intermediate and King Kekaulike High School. After his freshman year at King Kekaulike, he transferred to Baldwin High School and graduated in 2014. Kamalei currently attends the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College majoring in Hawaiian Studies. He is the Director of the He Haupu Aloha Program at Seabury Hall Highschool. Kamalei is a very passionate hula dancer for Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalāʻiliahi, directed by Nā Kumu Hula ʻIliahi & Haunani Paredes. He is the 2008 Master Hula O Nā Keiki Winner and the 2015 Richard Hoʻopiʻi Leo Kiʻekiʻe Falsetto Winner. Kamalei is grateful for Nā Kumu, ʻIliahi & Haunani Paredes, as well as for his parents, for inspiring him to want to sing Hawaiian music from such a young age. As a child, he was always surrounded by music. One person who inspired Kamalei to become a musician was his uncle, Jason Sadang. Kamalei cherishes the memories of going to his house to play music because he instilled in him the love for music. He is very grateful to have learned so much about music and what it takes to be a great musician. In 2010, Kamalei started his first reggae band called "Righteous Youth". As the years flew by, he was inspired to incorporate both reggae and Hawaiian music because at the time, there were only a few kids their age singing Hawaiian music. He knew then that it was his kuleana to focus more on Hawaiian music. In 2012, Kamalei started the group "Nā Wai ʻEhā", which primarily focused on singing and perpetuating Hawaiian music. Kamalei is grateful for his ʻohana who have always supported him in his decision to play and sing Hawaiian music. He is also grateful for everyone who inspired him to become a talented & humbled musician. Most importantly, he is grateful to ke Akua for blessing him with the gift of music.