March 9, 2021, 4:44 PM HST
* Updated March 9 at 4:47 p.m.
Kamalei Kawa’a and Kalanikini Juan, members of the Grammy nominated group Nā Wai ‘Eha took music lessons at the University of Hawai’i Maui College and expressed appreciation for the lessons they learned from college. The musical group is nominated in the “Category “Best Regional Roots Music Album” for her album “Lovely Sunrise” for the 2021 Grammy Awards.
“I learned to use my voice correctly. I learned to use vocal techniques, ”Kawa’a said in a video interview with UH Maui College.
Kawa’a studied voice and piano with Karyn Sarring, a professor at UH Maui College.
“It was a real surprise to me that such a talented young man from Maui came to take these courses. And he was a great student, ”Sarring said.
Kawa’a said he took music lessons to improve his skills as a musician. He plans to earn an associate’s degree in Hawaiian Studies next spring.
“My biggest goals are for them to sing in good health and have an authentic voice,” Sarring said.
Kawa’a said the vocal warm-ups he learned from Sarring reduced the strain on his voice and eliminated the sore throat.
“And the most important thing for me was how Karyn [Sarring] learned to do vocal warm-ups.
The 2021 Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday March 14, 2021.