Ei Nei began in 2016 with two by-chance gigs, some say right place, right time. The feelings and energy that permeated from those early moments were of pure fun and enjoyment. Combining this friendship with our love for mele and hula, we began to hone our craft. As our relationship grew, our definition of Ei Nei became clear. Ei Nei: a term of endearment founded in a unique relationship. Along this musical path we have been able to develop unique relationships with so many, near and far. Therefore, we offer a lei of music, strung with flowers of past, present, and future generations - a collection of timeless classics dear to us, two original compositions and one composition from the Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha archives, being released for the first time. These mele reflect our journey as musicians and as Hawaiians, while shining light on the pilina and aloha we have for those that have helped to shape Ei Nei. As music produces one of the most natural forms of energy. We hope this energy revitalizes, renews, and reaffirms your aloha for all things Hawaiian. To our friends and families this is all of our love for you.
And to our kumu, past and present, small kid time to big kid time--he wahi leo mahalo kēia no ‘oukou pākahi āpau. Mahalo no kō ʻoukou aloha palena ʻole i mea e ho‘okō ai ke kuleana o nā kūpuna. I ulu nō ka lālā i ke kumu.
Ke aloha nui,
"The trio does it the way Hawaii likes to hear it. They have sweet falsetto lead voices and smooth falsetto harmonies, strong lower register voices and a repertoire of island standards that includes Lena Machado's classic, "Ei Nei," which they sing in an exquisite falsetto arrangement. The album's two originals are noteworthy as well...Both songs will likely become standards for future generations."
John Berger, Author, Star Advertiser