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Hui! Ei Nei is composed of Dane Fujiwara (Wailuku), Grant Kono (Oneawa), and Ekolu Chang (Kāne`ohe).  After having been on their own paths as musicians for some time with various individual accolades, Ei Nei began their musical journey together in 2016.  In 2020, they won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award as the Most Promising Artist, and have been nominated for many other awards over the years. Their music has been featured on a variety of shows and movies including an Emmy award-winning documentary.  Together, they feature a smooth vocal blend with rich harmonies and a refreshing glimpse into the traditional past with their sights set on the future of Hawaiian music.

Ei Nei, look at us.

Dane Fujiwara

Dane was born and raised in Wailuku, Maui and was fortunate enough to attend Kamehameha Schools Kapālama.  He accredits his love for all things Hawaiian, especially mele Hawaiʻi to his teachers.  When he is not playing music, he is either teaching math at his alma mater or in the ocean.

​He lālā wau no kuʻu kumu.

Grant Kono

Until 2008, Grant called California home.  Grant credits his dad for helping to find his passion for Hawaiian music at such a young age.  Upon his family's return to Hawaiʻi, he was immersed in the culture, language, and music native to our home.  Although music is his first love, Grant can usually be found frolicking in the waves all around Oʻahu.  


ʻAʻole pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi.

Ekolu Chang

ʻEkolu resides in his Kāneʻohe home with his loving family.  Since his time at Kapālama, he has been playing traditional Hawaiian music in the trio fashion.  With continued guidance, ʻEkolu aims to preserve our traditions through mele Hawaiʻi for future generations.  Allowing the past to be the foundation for his future, ʻEkolu continues to expand his horizons.

I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope.

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