Keali‘i is recognized internationally as an accomplished chanter, musician, vocalist, composer and storyteller. In 1994, he independently produced and released Kawaipunahele, a collection of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary songs and chants. His subsequent music releases earned him an esteemed place in the Hawaiian music industry. He is the recipient of 19 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, and his consistent placement in Billboard’s World Music and Heatseeker charts has garnered him worldwide attention.
Born and raised on Maui, Keali‘i grew up in Lahaina and spent weekends and summers at his grandmother’s house in Pā‘ia. His passion for the language and culture of Hawai‘i led him to become the founding director for the Hawaiian language immersion school, Pūnana Leo O Maui.
In 1980, he also founded his own hula school, Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile. His hālau has won numerous awards over the years, including first in women’s group competition for hula kahiko (traditional) and hula ‘auana (modern) and top wahine overall honors at this year’s Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.
Enjoy an evening of music, storytelling, hula, chant and more with Keali‘i Reichel at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s intimate McCoy Studio Theater on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10.
The MACC’s newest series, Solo Sessions, offers up-close and personal encounters with premier artists. It has been compared with the MTV’s “Unplugged” and VH1’s “Storytellers” concerts. These encounters allow for musical performances interspersed with personal stories, humor, insights and occasional impromptu conversations. The cozy, informal atmosphere of the McCoy Studio encourages more of a shared performance between artist and audience. A limited number of audience members may also meet the artist before or after the show for the ultimate experience.