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Kala‘e Camarillo Featured in Hawaiian Music Series, June 29

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Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert will feature the vocals of Kala‘e Camarillo on Thursday, June 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina.

Credit: courtesy Kalaʻe Camarillo.

Camarillo was born and raised on Maui and comes from a family of musicians and musical educators. His grandfather, George Camarillo started the first ‘ukulele band in Hawai‘i public schools and his father, Rama Camarillo was an ‘ukulele teacher.

Kala‘e’s great uncle is the late ‘ukulele virtuoso, Jesse Kalima, and his aunt Lehua Kalima, is a member of the multiple award-winning trio, Nā Leo Pilimehana.

Camarillo learned to play ‘ukulele at seven years of age, which led to him learn other instruments like the guitar, bass and piano. As a Kamehameha Schools Maui student, Kala‘e and cousin, Dane Lum Ho won a statewide band competition.

After graduating from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Kala‘e continued to pursue his passion for music as a teacher at Kapalama Elementary School and as ‘ukulele player and lead vocalist for the band, Simply Sedd.


Currently, Kala‘e performs with his brother, Kamaka as Da Camarillo Braddahz and with his partner and singer, Layla Hanohano Tripp. In March, Camarillo released his debut album, “Working Man,” featuring original, contemporary Hawaiian songs.


Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is hosted by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5FM.

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