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Hilo Musician Kainani Kahaunaele 'Trying to Get More Hawaiian Music Into the Ears of Hawaiʻi'

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Kainani Kahaunaele's latest album is “Waipunalei”. Hear her Parisian track "Kaulana Versae" on your favorite music platforms.

Hilo musician Kainani Kahaunaele spoke with Hawaiʻi Public Radio about her latest album "Waipunalei" and the inspiration behind several mele, or songs.

"I'm in here for the long haul. I'm trying to get more Hawaiian music into the ears of Hawaiʻi, into the ears of our youth, and to show my generation that we can do it. But we have to do it well, as far as the language and the poetry are concerned, and we'll bring integrity to the front line of Hawaiian music," she said.

Kahaunaele also teaches at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

Click the "Listen" button to hear Kahaunaele's interview. This segment aired on The Aloha Friday Conversation on July 16, 2021.

Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture and ideas for Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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