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The many lives of Keali‘i Reichel

At the pinnacle of Hawaiian culture the charismatic, world-traveling performer is more comfortable as a kumu hula turning everything into a teachable moment

May 22, 2011
By RICK CHATENEVER - Features Editor (scene@mauinews.com) , The Maui News

Keali'i Reichel knew he wasn't going to get much sleep the night of April 30. Around midnight came the judges' announcement that his Halau Ke'alaokamaile had taken top honors at the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the pinnacle of hula competitions in Hilo. A few hours later, on May 1, he was on Oahu, one of five iconic pioneers inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.

 
 
 

 

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