HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - Well, after the competition we all looked at each other and said, "you guys want to be serious about this?"
Kaiholu came back a year later as a quartet adding guitar player and seasoned musician, Al Rowland. We needed to become comfortable with each other so we know how to work together. Harmony both in the group and on the mic is working well for Kaiholu, whose sound mimics the musical harmonies of the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. We just like the overall sound, so we're trying to go in that direction, in terms of arrangement and stuff.
As winners of Ka Himeni Ana 2009, they were offered a recording contract, but are considering producing their first album on their own over the next year. We're going to figure out the songs. We're going to do the arrangements, who takes what. Then especially the language. So we've got some big help that's going to help us with that.
Kaiholu's debut album will be mostly traditional Hawaiian music, including some of their competition-winning songs.