“Nā Wai ʻEhā”, translates to the “The Four Waters” which consists of Waikapu, Wailuku, Waiehu, and Waihe’e, on the beautiful island of Maui. The four young men of Nā Wai ‘Ehā includes two sets of brothers, Kalanikini and Kahikina Juan and Kamalei and Kamaehu Kawa’a who were joined by their ʻohana to create such a dynamic collective. Both come from hula dynasties, with the Juan brothers being grandchildren of the late Charlie and Nina Maxwell of Pukalani Hula Hale, and the Kawaʻa brothers being sons of Kumu Hula Luana Kawaʻa who danced for Pukalani Hula Hale under the Maxwellʻs direction. Together, their goals and objectives are aligned to the Hawaiian values of Aloha ke Akua (love for God), Aloha ʻOhana (love for family) and Aloha ʻĀina (love for and allegiance to this land).
Fortunate to be born and raised in the area of Nā Wai ‘Ehā surrounded by these four beautiful waters which inspired the group name, “Nā Wai ‘Ehā”. “As Hawaiians, it is our kūleana to bring awareness to the ongoing battle of returning the waters to its natural form of flowing from mauka to makai without any diversions. Through their music, we hope to share the beauty of Nā Wai ‘Ehā as well as perpetuate the love we have for the Hawaiian Language and Culture through Hawaiian Music.”
Celebrate the release of their debut album featuring nine original and three classic mele this Friday, January 25th, 6pm at the Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center. For tickets, contact (808) 278-0638 or (808) 554-8133 or follow them on instagram and facebook @nawaiehamusic.