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Musical artist Keali'i Reichel to perform at ASU Gammage


January 07, 2011

Keali’i Reichel, Hawaii’s most popular indigenous musical artist, will return to ASU Gammage at 7 p.m., March 12 for one performance only. He has played to sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, ASU Gammage and venues around the world. Tickets for the ASU Gammage performance are on sale now.

Keali‘i was born and raised on Maui, and his passion for the language and culture of Hawai‘i led him to become the founding director for Pünana Leo O Maui, the Hawaiian language immersion school. He also founded his own hula school, Halau Ke`alaokamaile, in 1980 and has won numerous awards over the years. Keali`i is also recognized as an accomplished chanter.

In 1994, he independently produced and released a collection of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary songs and chants entitled "Kawaipunahele.” His subsequent music releases, "Lei Hali`a" (1995), "E O Mai" (1997), "Melelana" (1999), and “Ke‘alaokamaile (2003) have cemented his place in the Hawaiian music industry. Keali’i has been awarded 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and his consistent placement in Billboard Magazine's World Music and Heatseeker Charts has garnered him international attention. He has toured with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion and Sting.

Keali‘i retains his initial goal of presenting new compositions in the Hawaiian language for hula students, and works to dispel long-held stereotypes of Hawai‘i’s living culture and her indigenous people. While in Arizona, Keali’i will partner with the Arizona Aloha Festival to provide our community with impactful learning about the traditional practices of hula.

Tickets are on sale now for $70-$10 at asugammage.com or by calling 1.800.982.ARTS (2787). ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard.

About ASU Gammage
Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. ASU Gammage is the home theater of the PROGRESSIVE® Broadway Across America – Arizona and Beyond series. Its mission is connecting communities by providing artistic excellence and educational outreach to the public. ASU Gammage is an historic hall designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.