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Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu

Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu is a strong point in the otherwise largely overlooked field of traditional hula chanting. His early work consisted of local hula and Polynesian shows around his home island, eventually moving up the ranks in another hula halau (school), gaining a good deal of experience in traditional chanting. Within a few years, he was teaching at a halau in San Francisco under Tiare Clifford, taking over a nearby halau in Oakland ten years later, which became a major contender in the worldwide hula competitions. In 1999 Ho'omalu released his first album, Po'okela Chants, which featured a synthesis of the ancient hula chant with more modern sensibilities here and there. This album led to work with Disney, which commissioned him for a pair of songs for the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack, which met with acclaim thanks to his signature sound, being far from the stereotypical Hawaiian sound. This success led to the disbanding of his halau in 2002, as well as his second solo album, Call It What You Like, in 2003. He has become a prime mover in the traditional Hawaiian scene, reviving the ancient forms with only the slightest touches of modern music. ~ Adam Greenberg, Rovi
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love his gift from god
abby.peterso n 7 2
wonderful!!
mzkyla1
Talented and catchy !
micpjb
I have great love and admiration for Kumu's music & chant. It truly awakens and makes the Hawaiian parts of my hapa heritage burn with something undescribabl e ! Mahalo nui loa Kumu!
Kumu Mark hasn't recorded anything since Call It What You Like in 2003. He's devoting his time to the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, and to his new hula competition, Ka Hula Hou (next round in February 2013).
sreplin8
Has Mark recorded anything new since 2003?
Yes, this chanting is still happening in 2012! The Academy of Hawaiian Arts (AHA) is located in Oakland, CA. AHA will be participatin g in this year's Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo next month; there is a performance in the works for September of 2012, location TBA (but probably at Chabot College). Check out the website for more details: http://www.a c a d e m y o f h a w a i i a n a r t s . c o m /
sreplin8
This is really unbelievable music. I absolutely love it!!!
nharrach
Where is the Academy? Is this chanting still happening in 2012? Where in the Bay Area can I see performances ?
In 2003, Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu began anew by founding the 501(c)3 non-profit organization , Academy of Hawaiian Arts (AHA) in Oakland, CA. AHA's mission is to offer instruction in the cultural arts of Hawai’i, including dance, music, composition and language. Ho’omalu also established MKH Productions, a production and publishing company for his music and dance projects. Kumu Ho'omalu and the Academy dancers have garnered awards and renown since 2003, including sold out concerts in Japan.
renierich
This deep primal powerful love.

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