Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawaii’s history to perform at a governor’s inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program. In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai‘i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nations best poets in 2007, and was honored as a “National Slam Legend” in 2010. Kealoha was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he has performed at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show. He is the poetic vocalist for Henry Kapono’s “Wild Hawaiian” project (nominated for a Grammy), and has served as Hawaii’s SlamMaster since 2003. Kealoha is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai‘i (2-Time International Champions), and First Thursdays (the largest registered poetry slam in the world with 500+ in attendance). He graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in Nuclear Physics (and a minor in writing), served as a business consultant in San Francisco, and played around as a surf instructor prior to becoming a professional poet in 2002. Visit www.KealohaPoetry.com for more information.
Hot Club of Hulaville
Honolulu is probably not the first city you would associate with Gypsy jazz, but Hawai‘i is full of surprises—and one of them is a band called “Hot Club of Hulaville.” Their style may be much more 1930s Paris than typical 2010 Hawai‘i, yet the Islands have embraced the band wholeheartedly.
How they blend elements of history and fantasy to create beautiful music is a big WOW! Hot Club of Hulaville formed at the beginning of 2008 they have rapidly elbowed their way (with a smile) onto the local scene with fabulous art, infectious sound and very high style. With its fedoras and suspenders, exotic instrumentation and languid chanteuses, their frenetic swing and highbrow elegance has propelled this band into unanticipated high-demand!