Image courtesy of artist

Image courtesy of artist

kaloku holt

 

TRIBE: Native Hawaiian

MEDIUM: Singer/Musician

LOCATION: Vancouver, WA

 

2016 ARTIST IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FELLOW

 

Growing up in Hawaii, music was not an option or choice - it was a way of life for Kaloku that grew into today's passion. Motivated by the desire to share the aloha spirit that was instilled in him as a Native Hawaiian, Kaloku incorporates that same spirit of joyful sharing of life energy in the present, into all of his music. For him, a successful performance draws people from different cultures, backgrounds and walks of life to come together and experience something as one. 

To date, Kaloku has recorded 3 CD's which include both originals and song covers. His original songs are motivated by his love for his Hawaiian ancestry.  For the past four years, he has been the headliner, lead singer, emcee and manager for a Polynesian Holidays Show in Ibusuki, Japan. In addition, he can be seen in Portland singing with his band, Kaloku and the Krew.  Their high energy Island Reggae/Contemporary/Rock/Funk/Jazz performance draws the crowds with those smooth island jams that everyone loves!

"I find motivation in making a difference in other peoples lives through music but being able to pass down the knowledge of arts to others, as it was passed on to me, is what brings a satisfying joy to my heart."

Kaloku has also been teaching hula and ukulele in Portland Oregon to all age groups since 2006 with Kaleinani O ke Kukui, the halau hula that his mother founded.  He is currently studying hula kahiko (ancient style Hawaiian dance) and oil (chant) with his mother’s kumu hula, Vicky Holt Takamine.

"I am privileged to be able to draw from the traditions of my Hawaiian cultural ancestry and contemporary music and technology to create my own unique sound and style of music to share the stories of this generation."

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