DAVID 'IOLANI-O-NAOO SHUNICHI KAMAKAHI 2007 Grammy Nominee David 'Iolani-o-Naoo Shunichi Kamakahi was born on November 12, 1980 in Honolulu, Hawaii the second son of Dennis and Robin Kamakahi. He attended Royal Elementary School until age 6 then transferred to Aliamanu Elementary School in 1987. From the ages of 8 - 14, David studied karate under the guidance of Sensei Glen West and Sensei Chuzo Kotaka in the Shito-ryu form of karate of the International Karate Federation dojo. For two consecutive years from the age of 12 to 14, David held the U.S. AAU National Karate Championship Gold Medal, in both Kobudo (weapons) and Kata (Form) while representing Hawaii. At present, he holds the rank of 1st Dan black belt and is a lifetime member of the International Karate Federation. David graduated from Kamehameha High School in 1998 and was awarded the Pono Beamer Award for excellence in the field of Hawaiian music. He attended the University of Hawaii Manoa for two years before transferring to Leeward Community College majoring in liberal arts where he received his A.A. degree in December of 2005. As a young ukulele student, David studied the stylings of grand ukulele master, Eddie Kamae and at the present age of 26, has become notable in the field of Hawaiian music already being a featured veteran artist/vocalist on four CDs since the age of 15. Among his greatest accomplishments in music and film has been the recording of the song 'Always' on the soundtrack of Walt Disney Studio's animated feature Lilo and Stitch 2 along with his father, Dennis. In July of 2004, David released his first solo CD project entitled 'Pa'ani' (Play) on the Dennis Kamakahi Production label. On June 3, 2005, David won his first Na Hoku Hanohano Award (The Hawaii Grammys) in the Contemporary Album Of The Year catagory for 'Pa'ani'. His discipline in the martial arts and his musical approach to classical interpretations of songs on the ukulele are refreshing and supports a progressive Hawaiian music direction. He has toured the U.S. Mainland and Japan performing concerts and plays regularly at the Ocean Bar in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, the gateway of Waikiki. AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: 1998 - Pono Beamer Award for excellence in the field of Hawaiian Music. 2003 - Recorded the soundtrack, along with his father Dennis Kamakahi, for Walt Disney's Lilo and Stitch 2 with the song "Always" 2005 - Na Hoku Hanohano Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts for Contemporary Album of the Year for his first solo CD attempt - "Pa'ani". 2007 - Grammy Nominee for the CD Hawaiian Slack Key Kings.
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