Maui’s Keali‘i Reichel (Kanaka Maoli/Hawaiian) has been at the forefront in the revival and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. He is a world class performer, best-selling recording artist, multiple award-winning kumu hula (hula teacher), prolific composer, renowned chanter, choreographer, dancer, crafter, scholar and teacher.
He has won the top overall honors several times at the esteemed Merrie Monarch Festival for performances in both ancient and contemporary hula. Over the span of his 25-year music career he has earned 36 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, has been nominated for two Grammys, and has been inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall Of Fame.
Keali‘i retains his initial goal of presenting new compositions in the Hawaiian language for hula students and works to dispel long-held stereotypes of Hawai‘i’s living culture and her indigenous people. He is currently touring the globe to raise funds to build a cultural resource center on the slopes of Haleakalā.