ABOUT THE ARTIST

"If there is a category for music that heals, Lei’ohu is in it. Her voice has a quality of tone . . . like liquid amber . . . that carries through all of her remarkable songs."

- - Shim Farrell, educator, world music esthete

  • Singer/composer/musician: Lei’ohu’s songs come to her spontaneously as voices in the wind, rain, and sea, and through the soil of the land that she walks (usually barefoot). They tell of sacred places and the ancestors whose spirits guide her. Her voice, as clear and pure as a Hawaiian mountain stream, is the perfect vehicle to sing of sacred things.

  • Cultural/spiritual practitioner: In 1995, Lei’ohu rediscovered a heiau (Hawaiian temple) in Kahakuloa, Maui. Under her guidance and inspiration, many hands have worked to reawaken the mana of Kukuipuka heiau, and it is once again a place of healing, sharing, and prayers. Many and diverse groups chose its beautiful setting for special gatherings, such as prayers for world peace, lessons in Hawaiian slack-key guitar, and Hawaiian herbal healing classes.

  • Educator: For many years, Lei’ohu taught seventh-grade social studies at ‘Iao Intermmediate School in Wailuku. She was a proponent of the "outdoor classroom," a series of opportunities for her students to visit cultural sites, sleep in the ancient dwellings, and walk in the footsteps of the people of old. Through her teaching, she inspired new generations to tread lightly and respectfully; for these activities, she was nominated for the Kukui Malamalama award by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

  • Film narrator: In 1999, she contributed chants, music and narration to the award-winning documentary "Red Turtle Rising." She was featured in the Nature Conservancy’s documentary "Let Earth Live" in 2000.

  • Peace pilgrim: In April, 2001, Lei’ohu joined a small group that journeyed to the troubled Holy Land. There, they met with diverse groups and found that Hawaiian songs and chants transcended any barriers in its language of peace. Since then she has traveled to many more countries.

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