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Kalai offers deep lyrical content, impressively unique, complex and striking guitar style and an ethnic vibe that is hard to place.

Kalai’s official website ( includes the following Bio.

1979 to 1998

(Kaniela Ka lei ali’i O’kalani Kala’i December 18, 1979)

Kalai was born in Hawaii and raised in the A.K. Son of a Ke ho alu cowboy and mothered by a good woman with heavy burdens. Ten years of life, most of them spent as an Alaskan, yielded him a wisdom of wilderness and a man’s knowledge of hard times. He later left high school tooling a guitar at sixteen and building a recordable repertoir by age seventeen. The latter half of his adolescence becoming then devoted to the ironic expression of that which was passing him by.

1998 to 2000

Several explorative tangents dictated Kalai’s pace of life for the next few years although music remained a surviving therapy for him. At eighteen he relocated south with the intention of attaining a college degree in entomology. He completed one year of school working as a commercial fly tyer for international fly-fishing outfitters such as L.L. Bean and Cabela’s. He also wrote story-based and “How to” articles for several outdoor life publications such as Rod & Reel and Fly Fisherman.

2000 to 2002

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  • littlewren_

    Kalai is true talent. His music has motivated me, healed me, loved me, and rocked me to sleep hundreds of times over the years. I only wish his music was available on Spotify!!! Make it happen!

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • gusgus711

    you were great at SUNY PLattsburgh

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • illinole

    this guy is the man! great guitar work and an awesome sure to give him a listen!

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • karlync

    I like his sound.. too bad I can't hear it yet on my

    12 Dec 2007 Reply
  • tramink

    his stuff sounds like the classic, hawaiian, acoustic music of my childhood.

    17 Apr 2007 Reply

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