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Songwriter, Performer

Songwriter, Performer

Singer-songwriter Mailani Makainai returns to the Hawaiian music scene with her first solo album on the Mountain Apple Company label. “Mailani” features her beautiful, unique voice and original songs that have endeared her to fans in Hawai‘I and around the world. Mailani, who grew up in Kailua Town on O‘ahu’s Windward Coast, is part of a musical family. She started singing at the age of two and taught herself ‘ukulele while in high school. It was at Maryknoll Schools that she met Lei Melket, with whom she later formed Keahiwai, one of the most popular female duos in Hawai‘i. Keahiwai released its first album, Local Girls, in May 2001. Local Girls garnered the duo two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and growing acclaim. Their sophomore album, Satisfied, was released the following year in 2002, and included the hit song “Falling.” The duo went on to release three additional award-winning albums and tour throughout Polynesia and the West Coast. Mailani, who balanced her music career with college, went on to graduate from the University of Hawai`i at Mänoa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies. In 2006, Mailani was invited to do a podcast with Doctor Trey and Jroq that focused on the Hawaiian music industry. This involvement led her to begin a new project with two other women in the industry, Jenn Jroq Wright of Kanalo and Simple Souls, and Tiki Suan from Milo Shade. Together, they formed Mighty J and in 2007, released the album Calling Out. The 5 original songs on this new album hold true to Mailani’s belief in holding ‘ohana, community and tradition close to her heart. Her sweet distinctive voice and honest emotions come through in every song, making her one of Hawai‘i’s most endearing rising stars.