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Senior Kala’i Kealoha’s musical talent continues to thrive

Saint Louis is well-known for its sports, but another talent is alive and well on the slopes of Kalaepōhaku.  Kala’i Kealoha, a senior at Saint Louis School, is a talented musician who started his musical journey at a young age and has achieved success in his career.

Kealoha began writing his own songs and performing them in public.  Kealoha shares, “During my middle school years, right around 6th grade, I had begun writing my own songs and finding confidence in myself to slowly branch out to perform my originals with the public audience,” Kealoha adds. “I had my first ever big stage performance when I was in the 4th grade.”

Before making it to the stage, Kealoha had to spend time in the studio. He reflects on his first studio recording experience: “My first studio recording experience was very surreal and so awesome, ” adds Kealoha. “I was able to watch and learn the producer’s every move and be a part of the process to bring one of my original songs to life.”

Like any other musician, Kealoha has faced several challenges in his journey. He talks about the major hurdles he encountered, “I began my music journey with my Father, who taught me almost everything I know,” Kealoha adds. “Ever since I could hold a ukulele, I would watch and learn after my Dad and pick up the different strum patterns and songs that he’d sing as I grew up.”

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Kealoha has traveled to different places. Kealoha shares more about it. I’ve performed at so many different places around the island and even around the world with my Hula Halau.”

There were different opportunities for Kealoha, and he shared more about those opportunities and where it was. “Our own headlining Blue Note Show in May of 2023, the KS Ho’olaule’a and Aloha for Aloha Stadium Celebration also in May, and even the wonderful Waikiki Aloha Fest in October of last year.”

Seoane Uiagalelei, Kealoha’s Director of Music Ministry at Saint Louis schools, describes him as a humble, respectful, courteous, and faith-filled musician. 

Uiagalelei notes that Kealoha is advanced in singing and playing the Ukulele. 

Uiagalelei shares more on Kealoha, His advanced skills in singing and playing the ukulele is probably from his passion for music,” Uiagalelei adds. “He picks up new music quickly and easily finds harmonies to complement other singers. Kala’i is able to play the ukulele by using music sheets and by ear. 

A good musician not only requires playing an instrument but also using your vocals, Uiagakekeu shares how Kealoha is with both and being the best at it. Kala’i stands far ahead of other musicians in our SLS music ministry yet he continues to be humble and helpful to his brothers. As he continues this, he can leave a legacy that will sustain our music ministry.”

Uiagalelei provides Kealoha with some words of inspiration, saying, “Be yourself, Be humble, and never let anyone steal your dream.” Having a good teacher is important for Kealoha, and Uiagalelei helps him to grow further.

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