Kulāiwi - Native Lands

Kulāiwi - 3 award winning Native Hawaiians Kawika Kahiapo, Lehua Kalima Alvarez and Shawn Kekoa Pimental - is proud to debut their new self-titled album, Kulāiwi-Native Lands! This album features 15 mele, a mix of originals and classic mele Hawai‘i, written by some of Hawai‘i's favorite artists and haku mele. Kulāiwi-Native Lands is available on all digital platforms. Physical copies may be purchased at live engagements. Email kulaiwimusic@gmail.com for lyrics, tour info, booking and other questions.


Kulāiwi was formed to reconnect kānaka to ‘āina through mele, the thread that connects the continuum of cultural knowledge. Kulāiwi's mission is to serve as a link in the chain of aloha ‘āina transmission, and believes that it is their kuleana to share music that encourages the listener to take an active role in aloha ‘āina. If these mele cause one person to ask a question, re-think their connectivity to land and culture, or want to learn more about ‘ike kupuna, then the work has served its purpose. Through music, may ‘āina and lāhui heal and thrive.

2022 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winners

Album of the Year , Group of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Hawaiian Engineering of the Year