Hawaiian music video becomes online hit after years in the making

courtesy of Project Kuleana/Kumukahi.org
courtesy of Project Kuleana/Kumukahi.org

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It took more than two years.

The video and audio captured on location from four islands.

‘Project Kuleana’ is an effort to bring more than two-dozen island performing artists together to promote Hawaiian culture and education through music.

“It was our own way of trying to find our own kuleana in the music business as well as in our communities as individuals in our communities,” Project Kuleana co-founder Sean Naleimaile said.

Artists including Palani Vaughan, Keali’i Reichel, Brother Noland and many others from across the state volunteered their time and talents at a special place of their choosing to record two songs, one in Hawaiian and the other in English.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better selection of artists, community participants their generosity and their participation in the project really elevates it to an incredible level,” Kamehameha Publishing director Ron Cox said.

The video is used as part of the educational materials for Kamehameha Schools and have been shared hundreds of times and viewed tens of thousands of times online.

“All of the sound you hear was actually done on the spot when we were actually filming it live,” Cox said.

By definition kuleana means one’s right, responsibility or privilege and its believed this music will help inspire others.

“I hope the students and youth see value in Hawaiian music see what these kupuna wrote about still very important today to find our own kuleana,” Naleimaile said.

Click here for more information on Project Kuleana.

Click here to watch and listen to the video.

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