Ku‘uipo Kumukahi

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Sunday May 6, 11:00 a.m.
Performing in The Royal Composers event with Aaron Mahi and Eddie Kamae. This event will showcase the musical contributions of the “four heavenly ones,” of Hawaiian royalty, such as Nā Lani ‘Ehā and David La‘amea Kalākaua who wrote the lyrics for Hawai‘i Pono‘i with music composed by His Majesty’s Band (later known as the Royal Hawaiian Band).

A self-taught musician influenced by family songs, Hawaiian singers and her parents, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi learned to play the ‘ukulele at a young age, followed by both the guitar and bass. Formal music training occurred later with private voice lessons, as well as music education in college.

Ku‘uipo is a true artist of Hawaiian music. From her family come deeply rooted traditions, knowledge, and values, which she presents with the voice that has made her known throughout Hawai’i, the continental United States and abroad. She is the “Sweetheart of Hawaiian Music,” performing at the Aloha Festivals, Merrie Monarch, the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Concert, and many more.

She has won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards over the years, including Most Promising New Artist, Female Vocalist of the Year (several times) and Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year. She also won a Hawai’i Music Award for Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year.

Besides being a student and performer of Hawaiian music, Ku‘uipo also conducts lectures for administrators of the Department of Education on topics such as “the values of a Hawaiian family.” She has also guest lectured for the Kamehameha Schools’ post-high scholarship recipients focusing on the value of Ho‘omakaukau (to be prepared).

As an entrepreneur, Ku‘uipo, along with two business partners, created a new Hawaiian Heritage and Culture learning center. In addition, she has created her own recording label and production and performance company. Ku‘uipo Kumukahi’s mission is to produce, preserve, perpetuate and promote quality in Hawaiian music as well as the music of Hawai’i and its performance, which includes the use of Hawaiian language, artistry, mannerism and values that are unique to Hawaiian music and hula.


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