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It is said that if one could hear an angel sing, it would have the
voice of Uluwehi. Uluwehi, which means "growing in beauty", is a name
fitting to this spirited talent. His sweet, soothing voice,
soaring harmonies, intriguing arrangements, and powerful falsetto
stylings - which were already well-known within Hawai‘i's hula
community - stunned the Hawaiian music industry in 1996, with the
release of his first self-titled CD, Ka Manawa Pono, which received 3
prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano award nominations (equivalent to a
Since that time, Uluwehi has toured non-stop. He has been
critically acclaimed from California to New York, Canada to Japan.
He has performed at one of the world's most coveted venues,
Carnegie Hall. Uluwehi continues to garner new fans with every
performance, pushing Hawaiian music ever closer to the global world
"Ulu," as he is known to those closest to him, was born in
Wailuku, Maui, and studied hula with Kumu Hula Peter Pekelo Day
from Ke‘anae. When Kumu Pekelo moved to Hilo in 1982, Ulu and
Keali‘i Reichel formed and became Na Kumu of Hālau Hula O Ka Makani
Wili Makaha O Kaua‘ula, which eventually became one of Maui's
most decorated, award-winning Hula Hālau (traditional hula school.)
It was during the early 80's that Ulu honed his musical skills through
hālau performances, paying close attention to falsetto blending and
unique, one-of-a-kind arrangements, which won him top honors at
several falsetto competitions throughout the State.
Uluwehi has an innate ability to create visual beauty out of Hawaiian
lyrics through hula. Sophistication and elegance are the trademarks of
an unprecedented style that is "Uniquely Uluwehi." His innovative
choreography for the modern Hula ‘Auana has brought the art form
to a new level, including international recognition for the earlier
staged hula productions of the Kukahi concert series. Active with
his own dedicated Hula students of all ages, he named his Hālau,
Hālau Hula "Kauluokalā," which means "Rising of the Sun."
Ulu has judged many hula competitions in Hawai‘i, the mainland, and
Guam, and often leads well-attended hula workshops throughout Hawai‘i,
the Pacific basin, and Japan. In addition, he has helped numerous
local organizations in their fund-raising efforts through concert
performances, contributing his talents to their worthy community
projects. Uluwehi's Hawaiian Choir is much sought after and highly
acclaimed. Never one to rest on his laurels, he has lent his time
and incredible musical and vocal arrangements to other recording
artists, such as Keali‘i Reichel and Lei‘ohu Ryder of Maui.
2001 was a big and very special year for Uluwehi. At the prestigious
Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, he was nominated in four categories,
and was named Winner - Best Male Vocalist of the Year, a title truly
earned. Maui's Mayor Kimo Apana honored him with a special ceremony
and proclamation at his office, as did the County Council later in
the year, declaring Uluwehi Guerrero a local Hero in their resolution.
Ulu performed for two different Hālau at the Merrie Monarch Festival,
live in Hilo. His first large-scale production solo Maui show,
"Uluwehi- In My Heart-The Concert," was a sold-out,
standing-room-only gala event; an exquisite performance which
critics and the crowd raved about for months. In Fukushima, Japan,
Mr. Guerrero performed for their government with a lively cultural
display of song and dance, and was granted special membership in the
Iwaki-Hawai‘i Exchange Association, furthering the sister-city
relationship. He was also the Special Guest Soloist for the holiday
concert with the Maui Symphony.
The 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010 Maui Concerts, were also all
sell-outs, with many new songs being debuted for the very first time
to an enthralled and appreciative audience. Uluwehi performed with
the Honolulu Symphony as a special guest for their Pops Concert Series
under the direction of Maestro Matt Catingub, along with Keola
Beamer. For 2 nights in November, Uluwehi enchanted the full-house
crowds, receiving standing ovations and excellent press commentary.
Ulu's much anticipated second solo CD, In My Heart, (recorded and
produced with the Mountain Apple Company, 2000) brought his many
talents to the forefront. He once again showcased a diverse array of
beautiful musical selections, seamlessly blended traditional and
contemporary Hawaiian music, bold yet sensitive originals, and
favorite cover tunes. In My Heart continues to be a sure delight to
young and old alike, aficionados of Hawaiian music and those new
to the genre.
Uluwehi is proud to have released his newest third CD, June 2009,
entitled Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hula Aloha - Beloved Hula Songs.
The nearly one hour recording includes many traditional songs,
some rarely recorded, all in Hawaiian, with Uluwehi's own rich,
warm vocal harmonies. Old-time favorites and original arrangements
will leave you feeling happy and ready to get up and Hula, while
generating a spirit of hope, peace, and love.
For this latest CD recording, in 2010, he won the People's Choice
Award for Best Traditional Hawaiian Album in the Hawai‘i Music Awards.
Uluwehi is deeply grateful and humbled to have won Na Hoku Hanohano
Awards for Hawaiian Album of the Year and Liner Notes; he earned 7
Nominations for the prestigious 33rd Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
(equivalent of the Hawaiian Grammies) in the following categories:
Male Vocalist, Hawaiian Album, Song of the Year, Favorite Entertainer,
Liner Notes, Hawaiian Language Performance as well as Album of
Pono Fried, Assistant to Uluwehi
P.O. Box 324
Makawao, HI 96768