Talk Story Host McKenna Maduli welcomes her tita and Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Kimié Miner into the Talk Story Hale to jam with her one-man band dad Kata Maduli. Long-time friends, Kimié and McKenna catch up on Kimié's growing ‘ohana and she treats us to a performance of her hit “Bottom of a Rainbow” with Kata Maduli on the bass.
About: Kimie Miner is a Grammy Nominated Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Music Publisher and owner of Haku Collective a full-service music, audio, and talent production group. She wrote and co-produced 4 albums including, To the Sea, Kimié Miner (Contemporary Album of the Year, Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards), Proud as the Sun and most recently Hawaiian Lullaby.
In 2018, she won Female Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for her song “Bamboo” (Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards). In 2018, she also won Female Artist of the Year at the Island Music Awards. She sits on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy (Pacific Northwest Chapter) and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. She is also a Recording Academy district advocate for music creators’ rights.
Kimié's parents, who are of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent, noticed her affinity for music at a very young age, and at 14-years-old she taught herself to play guitar and began writing her own original songs. While attending Kamehameha Schools as a boarding student on Oʻahu, she honed in on her songwriting. She found inspiration in a wide range of music from Hawaiian, Jazz and R&B-influenced individuals such as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, India.Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Eva Cassidy. While an undergraduate at the University of San Diego, Kimié embarked on her first west coast American tour at age 19 with reggae star Barrington Levy. Following the tour Miner resided in Clarendon, Jamaica for a few months to write and work with Levy in the studio.
Kimié champions the idea that one should remain true to who they are and to approach their experiences with the pride of their heritage. Her songs regularly evoke the Hawaiian concept of the Piko: the “naval” or “center” which represents a home base to which one can always return. She notes that “As Hawaiians, we have our roots and our routes. We know who we are, and we take that knowledge with us when we navigate and explore the rest of the world.”
Kimié continues to be a hardworking entrepreneur and mother of three young children while running Haku Collective, established in 2016. The mission of Haku Collective is to support Hawai’i-based music artists & offer 360 degrees of support to run a sustainable music career. Established by artists for artists, Haku Collective is a Native Hawaiian boutique music and immersive product company located on the island of O’ahu, united by their shared love of music and their community. They offer products inspired, designed and curated to connect you to the rich culture found in the music of Hawai’i.