Raiatea's Blog

Award winning female vocalist Raiatea Helm travels around the world offering authentic Hawaiian performances. Follow her travels here on her blog.

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Raiatea's Blog

Award winning female vocalist Raiatea Helm travels around the world offering authentic Hawaiian performances. Follow her travels here on her blog.

Authentic Hawaiian Singer

Growing up with her family on the island of Molokai, Raiatea gained a deep love and appreciation for her surroundings and culture. Today, she strives to share her experiences and knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s rich history through traditional song and dance.

She is musically trained in the style of “leo ki’eki’e” (Female falsetto), and is currently working towards creating a University Degree in Musicology with an emphasis in Hawaiian music, language and culture. Eventually, she hopes to teach future generations and to encourage others to preserve the authenticity of mele “Hawaiian Music.”

Raiatea’s success as an artist also includes many prestigious awards including 2 Grammy nominations, 6 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, and Native Arts & Cultures Fellowship.

Recent Press - Ukulele Magazine

Raiatea Helm was recently featured in the Ukulele Magazine highlighting her successes as authentic Hawaiian singer who aspires to give back to her community and travel the world offering traditional Hawaiian music for festivals, jazz venues, corporate events or special occasions.  

Mana Maoli – Hawaiʻi ʻ78 Music Video

Hawaiʻi ’78, written forty years ago and made famous by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, also known as IZ, is a song that
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The New York Times
The New York TimesThe New York Times
"Raiatea Helm is poised and utterly elegant"
Honolulu Magazine
Honolulu MagazineMichael Keany
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"Who knew that traditional Hawaiian-language vocals backed with lounge-y, exotica-inspired instrumentation would work so well? Brushed cymbals, vibraphones, steel guitar—Martin Denny would be proud."
Natives Arts & Culture Foundation
Natives Arts & Culture FoundationFellowship Program
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"Raiatea Helm is a much-heralded musician with a singular and captivating voice, who possesses focused artistic vision and an innate and rhythmic giftedness."
Ukulele Magazine
Ukulele MagazineAudrey Coleman
"Whether performing at a fundraiser, festival, or on a concert stage, Helm’s singing and strumming flow from the foundation of her family’s love, especially from her tutu’s and grandma’s nurturing."
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