Komakakino is a traditional Hawaiian group, home based in Keaukaha, Hilo, Hawai‘i. Komakakino is made up of Koma Wana, Namaka DeMello, Kinohi Neves, and Christian Wadlington. Koma attended the Kamehameha Schools, Kea‘au Campus, Kea‘au, Hawai‘i. Namaka and Kinohi are fluent in the Hawaiian Language having graduated from the Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u Public Charter School and being raised within the Punana Leo education system from early childhood. Christian hails from Portland, Oregon and completes the Komakakino sound.
Komakakino explores a wide voice range, including harmony in the falsetto style unique to Hawai‘i. Each of "The Boys", as they are affectionately called, are able to alternate on the ukulele, guitar and stand-up bass with ease and confidence. Their second CD, E Nipo Mai, consists of eight original haku mele compositions by Komakakino and Kumu Hula Paul K. Neves. In addition, four traditional Hawaiian musical pieces are included and have their unique arrangement signature. The Project was recorded & produced by Jaz Kawiko'o (Yglesias) and released on The Lahui Project Label.
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