GRAMMY Nominee for Best Regional Roots Album
Kahulanui, a nine-piece Hawaiian swing band, is an inspiration passed down through three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui to grandson Lolena Naipo Jr, Kahulanui’s band leader. Lolena remembers stories of his grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.
Kahulanui’s debut release, “Hula Ku’i” was a 2014 GRAMMY nominee in the Regional Roots category. It was also a 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award finalist and a multiple Hoku Award nominee. In 2018 they took home a Hoku Award for Jazz Album of the Year for a subsequent release.
You’ve never heard a beat quite like this, either in Hawaii or in Harlem. Kaulanui is a ferocious blast of swinging jazz. The sun may be hot, but the music is hotter. - The Wall Street Journal, 7/2/2015
“One of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands… Hawaiian Swing at its finest” – Skylark Rossetti
“Hula Ku’i” credits:
Lolena Naipo, Jr.: rhythm guitar, lead vocals, arrangements, harmonies; Patrick Eskildsen: lead guitar, bass, background vocals; Robert Duke Tatom: ukulele, background vocals Tim Taylor: drums, ipu; Tenor sax and genius horn arrangements: Jesse Snyder Alto & baritone sax: Duncan Bamsey; Trumpet: Andrea Lindborg; Trombone: Garry ‘Railroad’ Russell; Steel guitar: Greg Sardinha, Paul Kim, Dwight Tokumoto.
Produced and engineered by Charles Michael Brotman for Palm Records in Lava Tracks Recording Studio, Kamuela, Hawaii.