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July 2005

Pacific Northwest News

Kaloku Holt Wins Recording Contract with Hula Records

By Rochelle delaCruz 2005 Hapa Haole Hula Competition Award Winner, Kaloku Holt, which was recently held in Honolulu, Hawai`i.

Kaloku Holt of Vancouver, Washington, won the 2005 Hapa Haole Hula Competition – Vocal Division held recently in Honolulu. The Hapa Haole competition requires that the songs be about Hawai`i and sung in English. Kaloku entered with the medley: Down in Honolulu, I Fell in Love with Honolulu and Aloha Week Hula.

Kaloku was born in Hawai`i and grew up in Kalihi on O`ahu where he began singing with the Kalihi Union Church Choir. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Vancouver, Washington where he and other Hawai`i transplants formed the music group Kalakoa which performs contemporary Hawaiian and island reggae. Kaloku write songs and plays the piano, `ukulele, bass guitar and drums. If he looks familiar, perhaps you’ve seen him in advertisements for Nike and other large companies.

Kaloku comes from a family talented in music and dance. His mother is Deva Yamashiro, kumu hula for h ā lau Ka Leinani O Kekui in Vancouver, and his aunt is kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine. Kaloku and his brother Keawe will be performing at the Ho`ike in Vancouver, Washington on July 23rd.

We will be hearing and seeing more of this polished singer and dancer. As a result of winning the 2005 Hapa Haole Hula Competition – Vocal Division, Kaloku Holt now has a recording contract with Hula Records.

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