Josh Tatofi

 

Born and raised in Honolulu, Josh Tatofi singer, songwriter & Grammy nominee, had a very hard act to follow when he was growing up. Being the son of one of the famed Tatofi brother of the original Kapena, Josh was raised around great music. His father Tivaini Tatofi was one of the originals from Kapena, with his uncle Temoni Tatofi and Kelly Boy Delima. He claims that at a very young age he was “thrown into the fire” of the music scene with the music of Kapena and Hawaii alike.

He traveled throughout the Hawaiian islands at the young age of thirteen. He later recorded an album with the well-known group called Ekolu. Growing up with R & B idols like Luther Vandross and Pebo Bryson, Josh began to incorporate his local Polynesian style of music with their R&B classics. As Josh developed artistically, he discovered a place for his voice in Hawaiian music.

His first Hawaiian language single was “Pua Kiele” expressing his love for Hawaii and the lovely gardenia flower which he compares to his grandmother. Later he released a full-length Cd also named Pua Kiele which solidified his presence in Hawaiian music. His popularity around the hula world exploded.

Today he is known as the Luther Vandross of Hawaii. Everyone is dancing to Josh’s soul grabbing, smooth listening Hawaiian music. It is sought after by haulas for the Merrie Monarch Hula Competition Festival.

We continue to watch what he will bring out next. Today, Josh Tatofi continues to express his soul through Hawaiian music.

 

Listen to the polished voice of Josh Tatofi and be mesmerized.
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Ku’u Lei Aloha 

Sung by Josh Tatofi with Hula Halau O Kamuela

 

YouTube Video Courtesy of Antonio Agosto

 

Ku’u Leo Aloha

‘Upu aʻe nei ka haliʻa aloha
I kou nani i ka pō nei
Ahuwale ka haʻalewa e
Me ke kai e holu mau ana

E naue mai kuʻu leo aloha
Ke aloha e pili mau ai

Huli no ʻoe a kiholi mai la
Me kou mau maka onaona
E hoʻoni nei i ka puʻuwai
ʻIlihia wale au i kou nani

E naue mai kuʻu leo aloha
Ke aloha e pili mau ai

Ke aloha e pili mau ai
Ke aloha e pili mau ana

Written by Josh Tatofi

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Pua Kiele 

Josh Tatofi and Miss Aloha Hula Ist runner up 2017 Julyen Machiko Kaloke Kaluna with Pua Kiele

 

YouTube Video Courtesy of  Joshtatofi Music

 

Pua Kiele

Mohala mai ka pua i ka la
The flower blossoms from the sun
Ola no ka’aina i kaua
The land lives from the rain
E ku’u pua kiele nani e
The land lives from the rain
Ko’ala o nauna e maku nei
The thick sweet smell here
E kua ho’oheno ai luna
To cherish to the top
E hiwahiwa na kapu’uwai
The preciousness in my heart
Eku’u pua kiele nani e
The land lives from the rain
he nani lua ole alohi nei
The beautiful brightness of the flower
E pa ahea he kamakani i ka honua
The wind touches the land
E ku’uipo e lei noa i kou aloha
My love the lei is for our love
oooh ooohh
oooh oooh
*2nd verse again⬆*
2nd verse again
E ku’uipo e lei noa i kou aloha
My love the lei is for our love

 

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