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Wailuku, Hawaii, United States | INDIE

Wailuku, Hawaii, United States | INDIE
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Kealoha (self-titled release, 2008)



Kealoha slam poetry artist thoughtful and provocative takes on life's highs and lows, mixing the funny with the serious. The poetry is blended with occasional musical riffs. The tracks are mind-bending and soul-cleansing ... the very essence of a bright young mind seeking a place in the world.
--Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

"The state's unofficial slam poet laureate."
--Kawehi Haug, Honolulu Advertiser

Named a "Legend of Slam Poetry" at the 2010 National Poetry slam, Kealoha is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i (2-Time International Champions), and Honolulus First Thursdays (the largest registered poetry slam in the world with 600+ in attendance). He has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, performing on the finals stage 4 out of 7 times (and finishing 8th individually out of 350 of the worlds best in 2007).

Kealoha was featured on HBOs Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he has featured at major venues throughout the world including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York City), the Bowery Poetry Club (New York City), the Green Mill (Chicago), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Planet Hip-Hop Festival), Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show. He is the poetic vocalist for Henry Kaponos Wild Hawaiian project (nominated for a Grammy).

Kealoha graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in Nuclear Physics, served as a business consultant in San Francisco, and played around as a surf instructor prior to becoming a professional poet.
In the literature world, his poetry has been published by Bamboo Ridge, Real Word Magazine, and the Honolulu Weekly.

Kealoha has shared the stage with leading artists Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson, Damian Junior Gong Marley, Jason Mraz, Michael Franti (Spearhead), Don Carlos, Medusa, and countless slam poetry superstars.

Finally, he has conducted workshops at over 100 schools, libraries, prisons, and community centers (including a Masters Workshop at the Bamboo Ridge Writers Institute).