This month’s free Hawaiian Music Series concert will feature the melodious vocals of Kala‘e Camarillo on Thursday, June 29 from 6 to 7:30 pm in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina.
Kala‘e Camarillo was born and raised on Maui and comes from a family of musicians and musical educators. His grandfather, George Camarillo started the first ‘ukulele band in Hawai‘i public schools and his father, Rama Camarillo is an ‘ukulele teacher. Kala‘e’s great uncle is the late ‘ukulele virtuoso, Jesse Kalima, and his aunt is Lehua Kalima, a member of the multiple award-winning trio, Na Leo Pilimehana.
Camarillo learned to play ‘ukulele at seven years of age, which led to him learn other instruments like the guitar, bass and piano. As a Kamehameha Schools Maui student, Kala‘e and cousin, Dane Lum Ho won a statewide band competition. After graduating from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Kala‘e continued to pursue his passion for music as a teacher at Kapalama Elementary School and as ‘ukulele player and lead vocalist for the band, Simply Sedd. Currently, Kala‘e performs with his brother, Kamaka as Da Camarillo Braddahz and with his partner and singer, Layla Hanohano Tripp.
In March, Camarillo released his debut album, Working Man, featuring original, contemporary Hawaiian songs, which are available for download on digital media outlets. For the concert, he will be accompanied by Kamaka Camarillo and Christian Taum. Listen to Kala‘e, Kamaka and Rama Camarillo performing “Ku‘u Ipo I Ka He‘e Pu‘e One”
Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5FM. For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 808-661-3262 or contact us here.