Hilo Palace Theatre Presents Kalani Pe‘a
Big Island resident and two-time GRAMMY Winner Kalani Pe‘a will make his way back home on June 22, 2019, at the Hilo Palace Theatre. Advanced tickets are $35, $40 and $45. You can purchase over the phone by calling (808) 934-7010 or online.
Pe‘a is originally from Pana‘ewa in Hilo and is excited to be coming home to perform. Pe’a just came back from picking up his second GRAMMY Award for his sophomore album No ‘Ane‘i in Los Angeles, this past February.
This concert will include special hula performances by Hilo’s own Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E, Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua and Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Na Mamo. The students of Halau I Ka Leo Ola O Na Mamo come from the Hawaiian language immersion K-12 school Ke Kula ‘o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u which is the school Pe’a graduated from. The special concert of mele, hula and storytelling will also include a special hula performance by Miss Aloha Hula Natasha Oda.
No ‘Ane‘i reflects the importance of playing a part in the foundation of Hawaiian culture, and the preservation of Hawaiian identity and values that keep Hawai‘i thriving. The new album features twelve songs, each telling a story about Pe‘a and the life he has led. Among the twelve songs includes eight original compositions Pe‘a wrote or co-wrote.
“No ‘Ane‘i (We Belong Here) is the title and overall theme of my sophomore album,” said Pe‘a. “One of the main concepts for this album was to remind our people of the value of becoming primary resources of our land. We must become that primary or secondary resource for our people so that we maintain and retain the resources and so that our people thrive in Hawai‘i. This album will hopefully give people the significance of building a foundation and becoming part of that foundation. Once the foundation is secured we can identify the importance of how to thrive as people; that our heritage lives on; that we identify our cultural values and practices and how we think as people, and to uplift and uphold the values of how we act and think in a Hawaiian perspective while maintaining our Hawaiian identity. We are responsible for becoming a pillar for our people; to carry out the torch and light of our ancestors. Hawaiian language is the foundation to everything. We belong here. This is our land. We must thrive!”