Singer – Songwriter, Amy Hānaiali'i remains Hawai'i's top selling female vocalist of all time. Hānaiali'i's success as a recording artist speaks for itself and is evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY® nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Amy's albums have also garnered 22 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards – Hawai’i's equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards.
Beginning his career as a sideman for Miles Davis and various other jazz bands throughout the jazz boom of the 50s, saxophonist John Coltrane started his solo career in 1960. John would pass away in 1967, but has left a prolific recording legacy as well as a legacy of superstardom in the jazz community with such a short time in the spotlight.
Considered one of the best jazz-vocalist of all-time, Billie Holiday rose to fame in the 1930s after being discovered in a Harlem jazz club. She would later perform with legendary jazz composers Count Basie and Artie Shaw; Billie broke new ground in Shaw’s orchestra as the first African-American singer in an all white orchestra.
Nina Simone was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century - an icon of American music. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment.
Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm made history in 2006 as Hawai‘i’s first solo female vocalist ever to receive a Grammy Nomination for her sophomore CD “Sweet and Lovely.” She now claims six Na Hoku Hanohano awards, tours extensively, and collaborates with Hawaiian greats such as The Brothers Cazimero and The Makaha Sons.
Kuana continues his Tribute to the Hawaiian Islands with Kahelelani: A Tribute to Ni'ihau with very special guests Nalani Keale and Halau Kaulakahi. In 1995, Kuana and fellow Hilo native and falsetto musician, Kehau Tamure, laid the foundation for what emerged as of the most popular Hawaiian Music groups to date, Na Palapalai. They released “Makani ‘Olu’olu” in 2002 to meteoric success and raves from critics. Kuana’s original, “Ke Anu O Waimea” is still the most popular hula song in Japan to this day.