Manu Boyd

Manu Boyd is the kumu hula of Hālau o ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kū Makani. Multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Manu served as the public information director for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and was a commissioner for the State Foundation on Culture and Arts. He is the cultural director of the Royal Hawaiian Center at Helumoa. He is a prolific poet, songwriter, ‘ukulele player, composer, vocal arranger and leader of the popular Hawaiian group, Ho‘okena a Grammy- and Hōkū-nominated group in Hawai’i that was founded in 1986.

Kumu Hula Manu Boyd released his first solo CD project, Mele 'Ailana. A noted composer of Hawaiian mele (songs and chants), Mele 'Ailana is a collection of songs in varied styles and instrumentation, illustrating a new direction for Boyd who has recorded for 25 years with the group Ho'okena. The album includes many guest artists including Robert Cazimero, Kainani Kahaunaele, Keala Chock, Kala'iokona Ontai, Kihei Nahale‘a, Jeff Peterson, Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Waipuna (Kale Hannahs, Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi), Kapalai'ula de Silva, Lilinoe Sterling, and Halau o ke 'A'ali'i Ku Makani.


As always; the beautiful voice of Manu. Mahalo. -- Don Lupien

A great compilation and beautiful voices. -- Margaret Van Houdt

U'i Hawaiian mele throughout all of Manu Boyd's CD! -- Sandy Mosley



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