Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nâ Leo Pilimehana has become one of the most popular contemporary Hawaiian groups of our time. And it all began 25 years ago. Nineteen albums and 22 Hoku awards later, the women of Nâ Leo attribute their success to their ability to keep friendship at the forefront of their musical careers.
These women have been entertaning us for 25 years. We asked them what that really means to them.
He 25 makahiki nô ka hoʻonanea ʻana mai o kçia mau wâhine iâ kâkou. A pçnei kekahi o nâ manaʻo no ka mea nui o kçlâ a me ke kumu nô hoʻi.
"The main thing is that we're still really good friends, still love each other. We still enjoy what we do. We love to sing. We love sharing Hawaiʻi with everyone. It's been a joy for 25 years," says Lehua Kalima Heine, Nâ Leo Pilimehana.
ʻO ka mea nui, mau ko mâkou pilina aloha. Hauʻoli mâkou i kçia hana, ʻo ka hîmeni me ka hoʻolauna aku iâ Hawaiʻi. He hoʻohauʻoli nô no 25 makahiki.
"I think people can relate to three friends who come together and just do something they love," said Nâlani Choy, Nâ Leo Pilimehana.
Launa kçia ʻano pilina hoaaloha me ka nui o ka poʻe.
"I have four children, and all four of them love music," said Angela Morales, Nâ Leo Pilimehana.
ʻEhâ aʻu keiki a puni lâkou i ka puolo.
And while their lives have changed, their warm voices still draw us in. According to Nâlani, their continued success is attributed to clarity of purpose.
A ʻoiai, ua makua aʻe lâkou a nui nâ loli, mau nô ko lâkou hoʻonanea ʻana mai e ʻume mau ʻia ai kâkou i kçia mau leo pilmehana nô. A wahi a Nâlani, he pili kçia ô mau ʻana aku i ka moakâka o ka pahuhopu nui.
Our goal for Nâ Leo really has been to stay together, to remain friends. So if we were doing something just to make money or we were doing something that was tearing us apart, then we don't do it.
ʻO ka pahuhopu nui no Nâ Leo, ʻo ka mâlama ʻia o ko kâkou pilina. A ʻo nâ pâhana ʻimi kâlâ wale e lilo ana he mea e wâwahi ʻia ai ka pilina, ʻaʻole mâkou hana.
This is Amy Kalili for Sunrise on Hawaii News Now.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.