Ka'Ikena Scanlan, a 24-year-old Jawaiian singer and songwriter. | DAVID NOH. My annual sojourns to my Hawaii homeland always remind me of just how much musical talent is there, fitting, I guess, for islands once ruled by the prolific composers King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, who wrote “Aloha Oe.”


Maoli (meaning “Native” in Hawaiian) started in Maui with Glenn Awong, a 14-year-old with a passion for music, and Kana Akiu-Corpuz. In their sophomore year, the aspiring vocalist and bassist began writing original music at the encouragement of their high school teacher. It was also during this time that Glenn started recording demos of his songs. By the time, he reached his senior year, Glenn was ready to share his music with a greater audience.

In 2005, Glenn and the band he formed, “No Boundaries”, won a Battle of the Bands competition on the island of Maui. With numerous performances already under his belt, Glenn then formed Maoli in 2007 with a new lineup of talented musicians, including bassist, Kana.

Maoli took the islands by storm in 2008 with their debut album, “Groovin,” having one hit after the next (“No One”, “Write Me A Letter”, and “So Incredible”); this was the groundbreaking album that first established the group as a premiere Hawaiian Island Reggae recording band. In 2010, Maoli did it again with their 2nd release, “Rock Easy”, featuring another treasure trove of #1 hits “Breaking My Heart”, “Whisper” and “Rock Easy”. Their 3rd album entitled, “Arise,” took to a national and international audience exploring Maoli’s love for various genres of music. “Blew it”, “Something about your love” and “Time to get over” are just some of the diverse hits that this album displays. Maoli’s road to success continued as they toured the islands and the world promoting their very own unique Island sound.

Maoli embarked on a new journey in 2012, touring on a national level. To capture a wider audience, Maoli traveled from California to New York and beyond. They have toured with some of the biggest and most world renown acts in reggae music such as J Boog, Katchafire, Fiji and others.

In 2015, Maoli dropped their newest EP entitled “One Eighty”. The EP included Hawaii’s #1 hits “No Way” and “Sun Will Shine” along with others like “Let it go” and “Fight the rain”- original songs penned by the band’s founder and leader Glenn Awong.

In December of 2016 the band released “The Best of Maoli,” which features 16 hits from previous albums as well as *Bonus Track “Rocky Road” which features PeniDean. Staying true to their roots, Maoli’s style continuously evolves.


Bruddah Waltah is another one of the fathers of Hawaiian reggae who helped found and define the genre. Check out the article link in the bio section to read a full background on his musical career and influence on Hawaiian reggae.


One Good Thing About Music Is When It Hits You Feel No Pain, Impressionable Words Chanted By Inspirational Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Reggae Music Has Fed Generations Of Musicians, Singers And Songwriters. One Such Birth From This Is A Pacific Island Band Known As The Steppas , The Name Serves As A Reminder To Step And Move Forward. Comprised Of Rick Star(Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar) Na’ea Kaopua(Vocals/Percussion/Keys) Kekolu Pavao(Bass) Busy Legaspi(Drums) And Makana Rosetti(Keyboards) These Five Muscians Have Recreated The Landscape Of Reggae Music In Hawaii. The Passion To Play Music With The Message Of Peace And Love Through Roots Reggae Music Has Never Been More Evident. The Steppas Have Self Produced Their Album Releases Which Include, The Steppas EP (August 2012) And The Love Shack EP (March 2013) This Second EP Entitled The Love Shack Debuted At #2 On Itunes Reggae Charts Also Hot Shot Debut At #6 On Reggae Billboard Charts. Fresh Off Their 2013 Tour Covering Seven States And More Than 30 U.S. Cities They Have Teamed Up Along Side Leslie Bimwala Ludiazo Who’s Credentials Include Producing The Likes Of The Green, Kimie, Jboog To Create The Much Anticipated First Full Length Album To Be Released In March 2014. So Step And Move Forward, Roaches Up With The Steppas!


As the tectonic landscape of Northwest Reggae shifted in 2013, Stay Grounded rose from the depths, born from, and rooted to the indigenous music of the worlds people. A true cross-pollenation of the purest forms of Hawaiian, African, Afro-cuban, Jazz and R&B is evident in a powerhouse collection of originals that rumble the foundation while honoring tradition. Members of SG have studied traditional Ukelele and Hawaiian harmonies, the sacred arts of both the conga and the djembe, classical percussion, jazz saxaphone and choral and r&b vocals. Passions and influences range as wide and deep as the ocean, from Bob Marley to Bootsy Collins, from Michael Brecker to Marvin Gaye.


Island Bound continues to grow in the reggae scene perpetuating our roots and culture with our diversity of ethnic backgrounds, which includes Hawaii, Samoa and Phillipines. We want to share our love for the music and keep our culture alive!


KANA

 
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