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Kolohe Kai departing for New Zealand

March 10th, 2011

Who needs "Bieber Fever" when you've got "Kolohe Kraziness" taking over the world?

That's what the local island contemporary band Kolohe Kai's manager, Brett Ortone, thinks — and he's so sure, he's booked six shows in five days throughout New Zealand starting on March 20.

"They're a whole band of Justin Biebers," Ortone raved last week. "The parents might not know who they are, but just ask their teenage kids."

Led by 2010 Castle High School graduate Roman De Peralta, Kolohe Kai debuted in 2009 with "This is the Life." The album's title track and the singles "Ehu Girl" and "Cool Down" got plenty of local radio play and steady touring throughout the state and elsewhere helped build the group's visibility. Kolohe Kai's sophomore effort, "Love Town," was released on Tuesday.

"I started writing these songs when I was 16 years old (and) this second set took about three years," said De Peralta last Saturday before band practice. "A lot of the songs have a lot deeper and mature roots from the first album. I pulled in a couple songs that I wrote when I was younger, and then the majority of songs were written after we graduated from high school."

Along with the new album, Kolohe Kai also has two new members who will make the journey to New Zealand this month. Following the departure of original member Ryan Eastham, Luke Dadderio and Ko Wilson-Ku now join De Peralta and fellow group members Noah Cronin, Jordan Agustin, Jasmine Mo'ikeha and Warren Estencion on stage at gigs.

"I write the songs and sing the songs, but I have a wonderful band who helps me perform," said De Peralta. "We're working right now trying to learn the second album and learn some dance moves."

In addition to helping raise spirits in New Zealand after the recent earthquake, the opportunity to leave the United States and perform in front of international fans is something the entire group is looking forward to, he added.

"I think it's the funnest experience. Our audiences are so easy going and just have fun, so it makes it really easy for us to work the crowd.

Here's a couple of samples off "Love Town" — the title track, plus the songs "Typical Heartbreaker" and "The Man I Am."

» Kolohe Kai - "Love Town"

» Kolohe Kai - "Typical Heartbreaker"

» Kolohe Kai - "The Man I Am"

"Love Town" is available now on iTunes and at traditional retail outlets. Visit for more about the band.

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3 Responses to “Kolohe Kai departing for New Zealand”

  1. Anonymous:

    Great story! Congrats on your success! Have fun and represent to our brothers and sisters in Aotearoa!!

  2. Uakrew:

    It's good to see young talented musicians help and give back to the future generations, and not forget where they came from. Good work "Kolohe Kai" and best wishes for the future.

  3. Anonymous:

    They're going to play for free at Honolulu Community College Springfest on April 9th. 2pm - 9pm.

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