The name ‘Ale’a means “sweet-voice.” and the members of this quartet have selected songs for their debut “Take Me Home” that showcase the wide range of their vocal talents and skills as musicians. Some of the numbers have been part of their repertoire since ‘Ale’a’s first gig at Java Java in 1997. Others have been added while the group played regularly at Jaron’s in Kailua, the Big Island Steakhouse at Aloha Tower Marketplace and more recently at Shipley’s in Mänoa Marketplace.
Graduates of Kamehameha Schools, all four members were heavily involved in the schoolʻs performing arts programs. Kala‘i Stern a 1992 graduate went on to win the Frank B. Shaner Falsetto Concert in 1996. A member of the Concert Glee Club, and class of 1995, Chad Takatsugi is the baritone voice and 12-string rhythm guitarist of ‘Ale‘a. Ryan Gonzalez class of 1996 – or Gonzo as he was affectionately dubbed by his peers in the Kamehameha Marching Band & Color Guard – is the jack-of-all-trades taking the lead on ‘ukulele, guitar, banjo and whatever is required. Kale Hannahs, also of the 1996 class, assembled his Kamehameha friends to form ‘Ale‘a and provides the bass as he did in in Kamehameha’s Orchestra.
In 1999, they bested some outstanding competition to win The Battle of the Bash at the historic Aloha Tower, to open the Mākaha Bash at the Waikiki Shell that year and land a recording contract with Tropical Music. Their album Take Me Home released in 2000 went on to win three Awards at the 2001 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards – Most Promising Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, and Island Contemporary Album of the Year.
In 2002 ‘Ale‘a returned to the studio to record their second album – Origins / Kinohi – this time as a trio with Kala‘i Stern having left to pursue choral music education and other career options. This album also featured hula songs, contemporary hits and new Hawaiian compositions. “Origins / Kinohi” cemented ‘Ale‘a’s place among Hawai‘i’s notable contemporary Hawaiian groups.
In preparation for their third album ‘Ale‘a sought inspiration and traveled to points in Hawai‘i where the day began and ended from Kumukahi on Hawai‘i Island to Polihale on Kaua‘i. They used these impressions to select songs for Kaulupono (to grow in a way that is right). Their third album, released in 2004 included songs reflecting the theme and were important to the group as a whole, and to each member individually. Kaulupono won the Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year at the 2005 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
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