Campus News

11.17.2016

Hawaii’s Hottest Female Music Group is Back by Popular Demand

Hawaii’s Hottest Female Music Group is Back by Popular Demand at Soka Performing Arts Center

 

Aliso Viejo, CA – The critically-acclaimed group performs their popular Na Leo Holiday Concert at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $45 for adults; $37 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $36 each. Purchase tickets online at PerformingArts.Soka.edu or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Na Leo Pilimehana, which in Hawaiian means the “voices blending together in warmth,” is the most popular, most award-winning and highest-selling female Hawaiian group in the world. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends: Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales. Na Leo celebrated 30 years together with their mainland tour in the 2014-15 season, including a stop at Soka in one of the best-selling concerts of Soka’s presented season. This concert will feature Na Leo’s contemporary hits and holiday classics.

Na Leo Pilimehana has released 18 CDs and has been in the top 20 Adult Contemporary charts nationally. The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts has recognized Na Leo with 23 Hoku Awards, which are Hawaii’s version of a Grammy Award, including Song of the Year four times for “Flying With Angels,” “Rest of your Life,” “Saving Forever,” and their international hit, “I Miss You My Hawaii.” Na Leo has won the most Hoku Awards of any Hawaiian music group, becoming the most recognized music group from the islands, with styles ranging from Hawaiian contemporary to pop ballads.

Morales and Choy met in the first grade and they both met Kalima in the seventh grade at Kamehameha Schools. All three shared a love of music and became members of the concert glee club. In 1984, they had their first hit as seniors when they entered Hawaii’s talent contest, Brown Bags to Stardom, with their original song, “Local Boys.” The single became the biggest selling single in Hawaiian history. Later that same year, they put out their first hit album, also entitled “Local Boys.”