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An Evening of Aloha Featuring Mailani with special guest Patrick Landeza
November 06, 2013
Hula by Ke Ola Loa Dance Studio
Wednesday, November 6
Singer-songwriter Mailani Makainai returns to the Hawaiian music scene with her first solo album on the Mountain Apple Company label. “Mailani” features her beautiful, unique voice and original songs that have endeared her to fans in Hawai‘i and around the world.
Mailani, who grew up in Kailua Town on O‘ahu’s Windward Coast, is part of a musical family. She started singing at the age of two and taught herself ‘ukulele while in high school. It was at Maryknoll Schools that she met Lei Melket, with whom she later formed Keahiwai, one of the most popular female duos in Hawai‘i.
Keahiwai released its first album, “Local Girls,” in May 2001. “Local Girls” garnered the duo two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and growing acclaim. Their sophomore album, “Satisfied,” was released the following year in 2002, and included the hit song “Falling.” The duo went on to release three additional award-winning albums and tour throughout Polynesia and the West Coast.
In 2006, Mailani was invited to do a podcast with Doctor Trey and Jroq that focused on the Hawaiian music industry. This involvement led her to begin a new project with two other women in the industry, Jenn Jroq Wright of Kanalo and Simple Souls, and Tiki Suan from Milo Shade. Together, they formed Mighty J and in 2007, released the album “Calling Out.” Mailani continues to explore new ventures, most recently opening a boutique day spa in the Kalihi neighborhood of Honolulu. The Oasen Spa is located right next door to her parent’s business, Makainai Cabinets.
The 5 original songs on this new album hold true to Mailani’s belief in holding ‘ohana, community and tradition close to her heart. Her sweet distinctive voice and honest emotions come through in every song, making her one of Hawai‘i’s most endearing rising stars.
Berkeley’s own Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, returns fresh on the heels of receiving Hawaiian music’s highest honor, the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win this award, informally known as the Hawaiian Grammy.
A musician, composer, and producer, Patrick is a leading exponent of ki ho’alu, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened – or “slacked” – their guitar strings for a lower, more resonant sound. Born and raised in Berkeley to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Patrick is not only one of the top slack key performers in the world, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and California – he plays, in his words, “traditional Hawaiian music with a Berkeley twist.” Landeza currently teaches middle school social studies in Fremont, Ca and continues to tour and give lessons when not in school.