Keali'i Blaisdell 3rd all original CD Malumaluakua, due out 2010
'O wai kou inoa? What's your name?
Keali'i Aken-Blaisdell (E. Keali'ikaleo'olaeanuikaumanamana VIII Aken), I was born E. Keali'i Aken. Legally changed my name to "Blaisdell".
No hea mai 'oe? Where are you from?
Son of Woody Aken, Grandson of Issac "Boy" Aken & Genevieve Kaleo, Great-grandson of Samuel Kaleo, Great-Great-grandson of S. M. Pepehia Kawailana Kaleo & Meleana Kahananui/Great-grandson of Joseph ChunFat & Lillan Blaisdell (Mothers side)
I am a 1999 and 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Finalist for "Most Promising Artist & Hawaiian Language Performance", and believe that the only way to perpetuate our culture is to always introduce something new. I write and translate all my own compositions which my mentors, Uncle Dennis Kamakahi, my cousin J.R. Kaha'i Topolinski and my biggest influence, my friend, my mentor and my Kumu...Ku`ualoha Meyer-Ho`omanawanui have taught me and are credited for where I am today. My inspiration for my music comes from everything and everyone around me, especially my beautiful wife. The music that you hear on this page is from my upcoming CD "Malumaluakua", which is a he'iau that my ancestor Kaleopu'upu'u and my tutu S. M. Pepehia Kawailana Kaleo was the guardian of. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I have enjoyed writing it...Mahalo!
ʻO wai ke ahupuaʻa āu e noho nei? Where do you live?
Ke noho nei au O Waiehu
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aloha..I was referred to you by aunty stephanie naihe laxton of kohala...i was asking her a question regrading our ohana. I asked the question about the name Naihe (Kaihe). I was told that it was passed down as Naihe but all the documents I have found point to Kaihe. So I dunno, im confused lol. I was told it was given by the famous tutu Pua Haaheo who's parents are Haaheo (k) and Ana Kaleo and Ha'aheo's parents are Naihe Kamaka? I really don't know. Maybe you can help as well and I can share the info at the reunion on June 12 here in Laie. She said there may be a connection via the kaleo line?? If you can help let me know...