Keauhou’s first two albums, Keauhou and I Ke Ko A Ke Au have collectively garnered 15 Na Hoku Hanohano awards. In line with the voyaging theme established in the first two albums, Ua Kō, Ua ‘Āina suggests landfall, an arrival and celebration of a journey complete. Through the mele they have shared over the past three years, Keauhou has expanded their understanding of their practices and have arrived to new lands of musical and cultural discovery.
Ua Kō, Ua ‘Āina features four new compositions and nine seldom-heard mele that deserve the be enjoyed. Of the four original songs, one is written by each member of Keauhou, with the fourth being a collaboration between the trio.
Featured on the album are the talents of guest musicians such as Jeff Au Hoy, Halehaku Seabury-Akaka, Rocky Holmes, and Jim Howard. Together, Keauhou begins to push musical boundaries in tracks like “Ku‘u Liko Lehua,” while confidently reestablishing their signature sound in tracks like “Lei Pua Melia.”
As we arrive together, we realize this island is one of many. As others set sail for new islands, new spaces, ʻāina emerges. These intellectual spaces, whether it is mele or any of our many practices, are the fabric of our being. With each journey for new ʻāina, we expand our oceania of knowledge. In ʻāina, we are fulfilled. We are nourished.
Ua kō, ua ʻāina.