HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Walt Keale spends his day as a ranger out at Kaʻena Point and his evenings entertaining us with beautiful Hawaiian music. And his music reflects this deep connection he has with the land and it's people. Amy Kalili has more.
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. Ua kipa aku nô mâkou iâ Keale ma Kaʻena mâ a walaʻau no kçia aloha ʻâina e hua mai ai kâna mau mele.
We talked with Keale out at Kaʻena about this inspiration for his music.
Mai kona hoʻi ʻana i Hawaiʻi mai Kaleponi mai he 10 makahiki aku nei, ʻimi mau ana ʻo ia i ka puka a hana i waho ma ke ao kûloheohe e like me ka nui hiki.
Since coming home from California 10 years ago, he spends as much time as he can outdoors.
I've been in the mountains East side, West side for the last eight nine years. I've been climbing the mountains forever. And in those places comes the inspiration for those songs.
Mea Puolo Hawaiʻi
Piʻi kuahiwi ana i ʻô a i ʻaneʻi no ʻeiwa makahiki. Mai laila mai nâ mele.
Ua ulu mai ka nui o nâ manaʻo no nâ mele ma kâna pâ sçdç hou ʻo Kawelona iâ ia e hana ana ma ke ʻano he limahana mâlama a makaʻala i ka Pâka Aupuni a ʻÂina Hoʻomalu o Kaʻena.
Inspiration for his recent CD, Kawelona, came to him on the job at Kaʻena State Park and Natural Reserve.
I think with Kawelona, this was the first time where I really tried to focus more on just allowing that experience, all the ʻâina, every place I go, to really affect the music yeah, to create the music.
Ua kia ma ka hoʻokuʻu, na ka ʻâina a me nâ wahi aʻu e hele ai e hoʻoulu i koʻu haku mele ʻana.
That was totally for the first time in a way, my own music.
ʻO kaʻu mau mele ponoʻî iho nô ia.
He alahele lôʻihi nô kçia ʻimi a hoʻonui ʻike ʻana o Keale. Ua paʻa pono nô kona kuanaʻike a me ke kahuaʻike e pono ai ka hoʻomau i kçia mua aku.
Keale's musical journey continues but his motivation and foundation is set.
This is not just go fill your pocket with money. Forget that, we not making any money anyway. The richness is the people and being able to connect.
ʻAʻole pili i ke kâlâ. ʻAʻole hoʻi nui ke kâlâ! He pili i nâ pilina kanaka nô hoʻi.
ʻO au nô kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma HawaiʻiNewsNow. Aloha.