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Born as Carleton Lewis Keali’inaniaimokuokalani Reichel, but more popularly known as Keali’I Reichel. An icon in Hawaiian music and culture scene. Musician, dancer, chanter and Kumu Hula. He defines himself first and foremost Hawaiian next to anything else.
While growing up in Lahaina Maui, Keali’i studied dance and vocals under the direction of Kumu hula Pekelo Day and Pualani Kanahele, daughter of kumu hula and Hawaiian scholar “Aunty” Edith Kanakaʻole.
Started His Halau at a Very Young Age
At a very young age of eighteen, Keali’i found his halau, Halau hula o Ka Makani Wili Makaha o Kaua’ula, after graduating from Lahainaluna High School. Today his halau is now known as Halau Ke’alaokamaile.
Writing a Hawaiian mele is like writing Hawaiian poetry and names are sometimes given with the giving of a song. Kauanoeanuhea was written when Keali’i was missing his love.
Reminiscing On His Love
Just one of those bleak days that didn’t help with his emotions. It was rainy. It was chilly. The clouds were really, really low and so all of this mist kept going in and out of the area. The mist would come down and it would go up. And as he looked at it he thought, “Oh, that’s kind of like love.”
Like his lover was in his life than out. He asks “Auhea wale ana oe e Kauanoeanuhea? Where are you oh fragrant mist? In the first sentence, he compares his love to that cool fragrant mist that goes in and out of his life. Such as this beautiful love story.
Listen to Keali’i in Kauanoeanuhea
Video by Hawaii Magazine
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