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Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Music

Formed in 1993, Maunalua (Bobby Moderow, Jr., Kahi Kaonohi, and Richard Gideon) released their first album, Maunalua, in 2000 - and promptly won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (the Hawaiian Grammy®) for “Hawaiian Album of the Year.” Their 2003 album, Kuleana, garnered Nā Hōkū awards for both Group and Favorite Entertainer of the Year. Their third album, Ho’okanaka, was released in 2007 and won yet another Nā Hōkū Award (Group of the Year). After an eight-year break from the recording studio, they released their highly anticipated fourth album, He Inoa, to critical acclaim in 2015. The album’s title, which translates to “We Are” Maunalua, introduces their newest member, ʻukulele and guitar player Richard Gideon, who joined the band n 2009.

All strong vocalists, the group is known for its tight harmonies accentuated by Moderowʻs falsetto and prowess with slack key guitar. Long a favorite with audiences all over Hawaiʻi, as well as a number of foreign countries and the continental U.S., their always-entertaining performances range from fun, high energy songs to sweet and soulful ballads, interspersed with banter between the three group members and with the audience. Whether performing for hundreds at inauguration festivities for the newly-elected President Obama in 2009, or for a few dozen people at a backyard paʻina (party), Maunalua never disappoints.

KAHI KAONOHI

Electric Bass, 

Lead and Background Vocals

RICHARD GIDEON

Guitar, Ukulele,

Lead and Background Vocals

BOBBY MODEROW

Slack Key Guitar,

Lead and Background Vocals

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