Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire at age 18, with the release of her debut CD “Far Away Heaven” in 2002. Her pure, clear voice makes her a natural performer of leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto). She is now recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier female vocalists and a keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition of the early to mid-20th century. Accompanying herself on ukulele, Raiatea interprets traditional Hawaiian songs with the mastery and control of a jazz vocalist and has been heralded as the successor to such Hawaiian music greats as Aunty Genoa Keawe. She has earned six Na Hoku Awards — Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards — including Female Vocalist of the Year and Favorite Entertainer. She has made Hawaiian history by becoming Hawaii’s first-ever solo female vocalist to be nominated for a Grammy.
Helm is joined on stage by leading Hawaiian musicians, including: slack key guitarist Sonny Lim, who has performed on several Grammy winning Hawaiian music CDs; ukulele player Bryan Tolentino, whose eclectic stylings have been featured in dozens of recordings; as well as bassist and veteran recording artist Wailau Ryder.