Hawaii’s Osmonds, Five Star or Jacksons? Kūkahi – Could They Put Hawaii on the Music Map?

Though musical families are nothing new, we reckon 6 members is definitely towards the upper levels numbers-wise and we can say with even more certainty that they’re very near the top of the list of bands featuring direct royal descendants.

With direct lineage to the first queen last monarch of Hawaii, HRH Queen Liliuokalani, this is no ordinary musical project – featuring Kūkahi himself an 18-year old multi-instrumentalist; his mum, Maka (vocals, ukulele); Monica (bass); Keli’i (keyboards); Alana (drums) and Mālie (guitar and percussion). Hailing from the largest town on Hawaii’s Big Island, they have moved away from the traditional Jawaiian music of their homeland and instead embrace sounds from the wider pop world – even though this necessitated Kūkahi teaching every member of his band how to play their instruments! His dedication has already paid off, winning his first Na Hoku (Hawaiiʻs Version of the Grammys) for Best Alternative Album when he was only 17, the youngest ever recipient.

With a new album, Jam, due to be released, this is possibly the most berserk music news we’ve received all year!

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