Maui resident wins Hawaii’s first Grammy in Regional Roots Album Category

Kalani Peʻa, a native of Panaʻewa, Hilo, HI who currently resides on Maui won his first Grammy Sunday night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. It was Hawaii’s lone entry in the regional roots album category. Kalani released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite covers. Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his album titled “E Walea” which means to come together like birds, be elated, exuberant and enjoy. On August 5th 2016 “E Walea” hit number 1 on the iTunes world music charts and on August 15th 2016 “E Walea” hit number 12 on the Billboard world albums charts.

The 59th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be hosted by James Corden.

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