A musical collaboration with “Nā Kama Kai” and “Haku Keiki” of “Haku Collective” results in a beautiful new album entitled “Children of the Sea” released this Friday, December 4th, 2020.
Kimié Miner invites McKenna Maduli to preview the new single ‘Holo Ka Wa’a” ft. Paula Fuga and Taimane in the Blue Planet Studio. They continue in the Talk Story Hale as Kimié shares more about the mission of the project.
“Now more than ever we need quality ways of engaging with our children and each other. At HAKU COLLECTIVE, our story begins with music (mele). Our new children’s album, “Children of the Sea” shares important messages of conservation, ocean safety and interconnectivity told through the voices of Hawai’i’s children. Our new group, called Haku Keiki, made their artist debut with this album!” said Haku Collective Founder and President, Kimié Miner.
Haku Keiki is a brand-new collection of young Hawaiian artists under the HAKU COLLECTIVE label. The group features talents of Hawai’i’s keiki singing and playing instruments, including the iconic steel guitar. The first single “Children of the Sea (Nā Kama Kai)” features mentees from both HAKU COLLECTIVE’s Melecraft songwriting workshops and Nā Kama Kai’s Alaka’i program.
HAKU COLLECTIVE collaborated with Nā Kama Kai on this full-length album to share the important messages found in the educational pillars of Nā Kama Kai’s ocean clinics. The process began with founders of both organizations recognizing recurring themes found in each of their respective work, realizing a collaboration would empower their shared values and message.
The writing process began in July, amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, where mentees met virtually through HAKU COLLECTIVE’s “Melecraft Songwriting Workshop.” Each mentee brought a different ‘ike to the virtual drawing board. The Alaka’i Program provided first-hand knowledge about ocean safety, as learned at the Nā Kama Kai clinics. HAKU COLLECTIVE mentees brought their musical talents and transformed the mo’olelo into songs… now known as: “Children of the Sea.”
Each keiki worked together in rotating small groups to discuss each of the five (5) Nā Kama Kai educational pillars: 1) Wayfinding & cultural acknowledgement; 2) Ocean Safety; 3) Mentorship; 4) Ahupuaʻa/Connection of the mountain to the sea and 5) Stewardship & Papahānaumokuākea. A song was written around each pillar and shared back to the larger group at the end of each smaller session. A new group would then touch on the song of the previous group and add or tweak the song’s composition from melody, lyrics, to chords.
“Told through a cultural lens, these songs teach kuleana (responsibility) and mālama ‘āina (caring for our earth and everything in it). Keiki Aloha, Kai Aloha is Nā Kama Kai’s empowering motto. When we teach our Keiki to love themselves, we empower them to love and take care of each other, our environment, and our beloved ocean. They see that we are all connected.” said Haku Collective Founder and President, Kimié Miner.