Merriwell Keli’i Tau’a was born on July 27, 1942, in Kula, Maui, the youngest of 14 children.
Keli’i was fortunate to be selected to be a boarding student at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama campus on O’ahu.
Beginning in the early 1970s, he began studying hula & chant with Nona Beamer, Maiku Aiu, and Kaui Zuttermeister.
In 1976, he formed his first musical group to perform his own compositions: Na Keonimana.
In 2017, Keli’i Tau’a was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Today, we’ll share some of our favorite Keli’i Tau’a music from Na Keonimana, Kanaka, & Honolulu.
This week's playlist:
1- Mokokaikala – Na Keonimana
2- Nani Waialeale – Na Keonimana
3- Ko Kapa Ana Mai – Na Keonimana
4- Hokule’a – Na Keonimana
5- Ku’u One Hanau – Na Keonimana
6- Honolulu Skylark – New Na Keonimana
7- Na Moku Iki – New Na Keonimana
8- Model T – New Na Keonimana
9- Na Moku Kia Kolu - Kanaka
10- Ali’i ‘Ai Moku - Kanaka
11- Misty Tuahine - Honolulu
Length: 55:30 Released on: 01-12-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Keli'i Tau'a