CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF FALSETTO CHAMPIONS
<<< HAWAIIAN FALSETTO VOL 1 >>>
AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KAHULUI, HI - In celebration of 20 years of the Richard Hoʻopi‘i Leo Ki'eki'e Falsetto Contest, Festivals of Aloha along with Haku Records present a legacy music project entitled, ʻHawaiian Falsetto Vol 1ʻ. The compilation features contest champions, judges and even a song from the namesake himself, Richard Ho‘opi‘i. The official launch of the album is set for Friday, October 7, 2022 and will be on all digital platforms with limited physical copies at mauimuseum.org/shop.
The Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest provides a dynamic platform for the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaii’s unique falsetto traditions. The contest provides a championship opportunity for amateur falsetto singers and was designed to honor and uphold the cultural and entertainment ideals and integrity as modeled by the late Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i — Hawaiian falsetto legend and member of the renowned musical duo The Ho‘opi‘i Brothers. Hoʻopiʻi is not only a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award recipient but also heʻs a Grammy Award winner, a National Endowment of the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship recipient, and founder of the contest.
“I felt a strong responsibility to the champions to help them achieve their goals, whatever it may be - if they wanted to produce a solo project of their own, needed graphic design or marketing help, I didn’t want them to just win a contest,” shares Daryl Fujiwara, Festival Director of Festivals of Aloha. “I wanted to create a “calling card” of sorts. This album project is just that! Itʻs sharing the talents of our champions with the world.”
Daryl enlisted the help of Haku Records to release this celebratory album and provide the contest winnerʻs with even more musical opportunities. “Hakuʻs motto ‘By Artists, for Artists’ really resonated with Festivals Of Aloha’s mission to honor Native Hawaiian culture and traditions from generation to generation,” says Daryl. “Our goal is to help amplify the beautiful falsetto sounds here in the islands by sharing Hawaiian Falsetto Vol 1 with both malihini (visitors) and kamaʻāina or people from our local community.”
Hawaiian Falsetto Vol 1 is a 13-track album featuring familiar Hawaiian mele (songs) sung by past champions, including many notable Hawaiʻi artists as well as up-and-coming artists such as Grant Kaimana Kono (2014), Po‘okela Wood (2010), Kama‘ehu Kawa‘a (2021), Joshua No‘eau Kalima (2012), Pōmaika‘i Krueger (2009), Kamalei Kawa‘a (2015), Ezra Kau‘i Krueger (2011), Cody Pueo Pata (Judge), Kalani Pe‘a (Judge) singing ʻAkaka Falls, and Richard Ho‘opi‘i, the contestʻs namesake singing ʻOhuʻohu Kahakuloa.
Producers on this album, Daryl Fujiwara & Wailau Ryder worked with engineer, Michael Casil and musicians Wailau Ryder, Ekolu Chang, Jon Ako, Iwalani Ho‘omanawanui Apo and Ikaika Blackburn. Mastering was done by Amy Dragon and the graphic design was done by @SFDHAWAII under record label Haku Records.
All proceeds generated from this album will go back into producing future contests and music projects. Please download and stream Hawaiian Falsetto Vol 1 on all digital platforms. For music licensing please contact Haku Collective. If you would like to purchase a physical CD order online at https://mauimuseum.org/shop. For more information and to support please visit https://www.festivalsofaloha.com.
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Festivals of Aloha 2022 continue on Moloka‘i, in Hāna and Wailea. To learn more about the festival and upcoming events visit https://www.festivalsofaloha.com
About Festivals of Aloha
A 70 year tradition stemming from Aloha Week, Festivals of Aloha is Maui Nui’s premiere Hawaiian cultural showcase with events throughout the months of September and October on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Hāna and in Wailea. Signature events include the 20th Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest and now the first female falsetto contest - Carmen Hulu Lindsey Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest. To learn more visit https://festivalsofaloha.com/
About Haku Collective
Created by Artists, for Artists, Haku Collective is a full-service, multimedia talent production, management and music licensing group founded in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Our creative network of Artists, Entertainers, Cultural Practitioners, and Public Figures inspire, educate, connect and uplift a global community with Aloha. Haku Collective discovers, cultivates, and elevates these creatives and the authentic stories they tell. For more information visit: hakuhawaii.com and follow the mele at @hakucollective.
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