Keauhou finds passion and joy in the performance, preservation, and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian music.
The name, “Keauhou,” was suggested by Hailama Farden, while the trio played music at the Kamehameha School’s Midkiff Library. This library is home to the waʻa (Hawaiian canoe) named “Makani Hou o Keauhou,” under which the group performed was named. Translated as “the new wind of Keauhou” this waʻa became the inspiration for the group name, “Keauhou.” While the Hawaiian language offers a multiplicity of meanings and translations, the groups name can be translated as “the new/renewed generation.”
This name defines the young trio, Kahanuola Solatorio, and brothers, Nicholas and Zachary Lum, as they strive to bring forth inspiration from Hawaiian music of the eras preceding them, and contribute to a renewed respect and interest for the incomparable beauty of traditional Hawaiian music.
These three graduates of the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama found their musical roots through their involvement in the many musical and cultural opportunities offered at Kamehameha Schools. They sang in the Concert Glee Club, played in the Band, and both Lum brothers held the esteemed positions as their class’ student director in the world-renown Song Contest.
Currently, Kahanuola, Nicholas, and Zachary are Masters candidates in the fields of Education, Hawaiian language, and Ethnomusicology, respectively, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. All three are active and passionate educators and cultural practitioners in their field.
In 2008, Keauhou was awarded first place in the unamplified traditional Hawaiian music contest, “Ka Himeni Ana,” held annually at the Hawaiʻi Theater. Since then, the group has performed at a variety of esteemed public and private events.
Kahanuola, Nicholas, and Zachary are truly thankful for the many opportunities and honors with which they have been blessed, as well as the many more to come. With the relationships between them and the guidance of Ke Akua as top priorities, the members of Keauhou hope to offer a seemingly-new sound to the Hawaiian music scene, inspired by those who have come before.
E koʻolau ke kō a Keauhou!
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