“Thru Mele, our culture survived. Thru our leo, the voices of our kupuna whisper in the wind”
A Hawaiian husband, father, musician, singer, songwriter and producer, David Kaio is one of eight children born and raised in La‘ie, Pauoa and Lanakila on the island of O‘ahu. As a young child, he recalls his aunts, uncles and cousins, playing music, singing and dancingthe hula at family gatherings.
His musical involvement began with his group, “The Sons of Liliha” reminiscent of the melodious traditions of Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai‘i. For five years, following high school, he traveled with them including a trip to Japan in a Polynesian show.
Other highlights in his career include other ventures when he:
- 1986: Joined the Moe Keale Band
- 1991: Formed the trio “Anuhea” with Kalani Kupau and Alan Distajo.
- 1993: Released their CD “Kahiau Ke Aloha”…Na Hoku Hanohano nominees for Haku Mele and Most Promising Artist
- 2010: Released his solo CD “Aloha Na Ohana” a compilation of distinctive grass roots music.
David’s talents have allowed him to share his music in the Hawaiian Islands, nationwide, and throughout the world in: California, Oregon, Illinois, Washington, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia.
His performances include several hula halau at the Queen Liliuoukalani Keiki Hula, King Kamehameha, and the Merry Monarch Hula Competitions. David has traveled, contributing his voice and music for many years to Mohala Ilima with Kumu Ilima, Kumu Mapuana and Kihei De Silva—including support as a van driver, providing meals and as ukulele teacher to the keiki. Today, he continues his ukulele skills and planting of kalo with the haumana at Ka Waihona O Na‘auao Public Charter School. The music of Hawai‘i is one of David’s passions that also includes ocean sports, NHRA Drag Racing, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
He is a devoted member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha and above all, he has great aloha for his family, his faith and especially his parents for preserving and teaching him the means of maintaining and sustaining a quality Hawaiian way of life.