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Keali`i was born and raised on Maui, growing up in Lahaina and spending weekends and summers at his grandmother’s house in Pa`ia on the windward side of the island. His passion for the language and culture of Hawaii led him to become the founding director for Punana Leo O Maui, the Hawaiian language immersion school. He has taught Hawaiian culture and language at Maui Community College, and he was the cultural resource specialist and curator at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. In 1980, he founded his own hula school, Halau Ke`alaokamaile 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 (RIAA Certified Gold Record). His subsequent music releases, Lei Hali`a (1995), E O Mai (1997), Melelana (1999), and Ke`alaokamaile (2003), Kamahiwa I (2005), Kamahiwa II (2009) have cemented his place in the Hawaiian music industry. All told, he has been awarded 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and his consistent placement in __Billboard __magazine’s World Music and Heatseeker Charts has garnered him international attention. His release __Ke ____‘____alaokamaile__ was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Hawaiian Album category.