Soothing island songbird
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
7:30 p.m. // Discovery Theatre
Like the warm waters that surround his home in Maui, the music of Hawaiian singer Kalani Pe’a comforts, relaxes, and transports you into peacefulness.
The two-time Grammy winner is influenced by Hawaiian music, but he isn’t a strict traditionalist. He grew up listening to roots music and R&B, and both feature strongly in his sound. Pe’a’s lyrics champion island identity and culture, and he sings in Hawaiian and English – hitting notes as high as Mauna Kea’s peak.
Self-described as “Hawaiian contemporary soul,” he sings with a passion that’s as inspirational as his personal story. Singing helped Pe’a conquer a childhood speech impediment, and he has embraced art ever since. Let Pe’a wash over you like lapping shoreline waves.
TYPE OF EVENING
A bit of Hawaiian heaven
WHAT TO EXPECT
One of Hawai’i’s brightest new stars
Warm embrace of aloha
Supported in part by a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project also received support from Alaska State Council of the Arts, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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