The music of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist
WELDON KEKAUOHA has been turning heads in Hawai’i’s
music scene since 1998. Whether he’s belting out
soulful ballads or plucking bright riffs from his
guitar, the gutsy songster from Kane’ohe, Hawai’i,
puts a fresh spin on the classics and brings a
melodious candor to his own tasty tracks.
Lauded by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts,
Weldon grew up with an instrument in his arms and a
head full of inventive lyrics. His lifelong training
makes for gentle, rich, and innovative music that’s
as musically nuanced as it is addictive. If you put
a mid- career Richard Kauhi album in a room with
Kenny Rankin’s coloring, Lena Machado’s lyric
poetry, and a dose of Mahi Beamer’s sharp wit—then
added a couple decades of rigorous musical
education—Weldon Kekauoha might come strolling out.
Vivid, nostalgic melodies materialize out of
Weldon’s musical arrangements, alternating between
achingly soulful and seductively alluring, Weldon’s
songwriting combines ranging acoustic textures with
an anecdotal knack. His lyrics are novel and
rhapsodic, cutting through the clichés and trivia to
deliver something honest and truly perceptive.
He’s performed through out Japan, and the
continental US at many illustrious venues—as well as
pretty much every noteworthy club in Hawai’i.
Recently, Weldon has shared the stage with such
diverse artists as Keali’i Reichel, and Natalie Ai-Kamau’u.
His accolades include a Grammy nomination in 2014
and numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards that include
Male Vocalist, Album of the year, Song of the Year,
Weldon lives on the windward side of O’ahu. He plays
regularly with guitarist Jack Ofoia and bassist
Alika-boy Kalauli IV developing his signature
genre-defining sound. The trio continues to pair
contagious melodies with crafted musical
arrangements and to tell the kind of emotionally
resonant stories you’ll remember long after the song