E Ho‘i Mai
E Mau Ke Aloha
Waipuna began as an exciting collaboration of two talented individuals – Kala Hannahs and Matthew Sproat. Hannahs was a member of the group ‘Ale‘a, and Sproat was the 2003 winner of the Big Island Falsetto contest and was featured on the Aloha Festivals Falsetto Winners Vol. 5 CD. Their eclectic musical backgrounds and similar taste in music has lead to the development of a unique sound that draws comparisons to their name, Waipuna – or spring water. The duo released two albums beginning in 2009 and again in 2011 before adding a third member to their ranks – ‘ukulele wiz David Kamakahi.
The group’s debut album Mana‘o Pili featured traditional songs by Johnny Almeida, John Pi‘ilani Watkins, Milla Petersen, Maddy Lam, Charles Ka‘apa, William Maka‘ehu; songs by contemporary composers Willie Kahaiali‘i and Diana Aki; as well as new compositions by Kale Hannahs, Kalikolīhau Hannaha, S. Maka Herrod; and the Country Western tune “I Can See Arkansas.”
In 2011 Waipuna followed with E Ho‘i Mau, again featuring new and old compostions, many of them hula numbers. E Ho‘i Mai was very well received and won the Island Music Album of the Year, Single of the Year (for “Ainahau”) as well as earning them the Group of the Year title at the 2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. With the next album, Nāpili, David Kamakahi joined adding another dimension as well as his special brand of ‘ukulele artistry. With its seven tracks, Nāpili won the Extended Play Release of the Year at the 2014 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
The 2014 release E Mau Ke Aloha was the most ambitious featuring guest artists on no less than eight of the 14 tracks. Guests included Greg Sardinha, Aaron Salā, John Cruz, Izumi Hori, Kale Chang, Kawaikapu Hewett, Mark Yamanaka, the Sproat ‘Ohana, and Natalie Ai Kamauu. Each contributed a unique dimension to the songs.
Waipuna is in much demand performing extensively in Japan where they also conduct ‘ukulele workshops. Mainland tours were added in 2016 and more dates are scheduled for 2017.
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