HISTORY OF NA LEO
3 high school friends Nalani Jenkins, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales won Hawaii's biggest high school talent contest, Brown Bags to Stardom, in 1984. Their winning song, an original entitled "Local Boys", hit radio by storm, launched Na Leo's career, and remains the #1 selling single in Hawaii history.
Signed to Sony Japan in 1996 (and resigned again in 2019)
23 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's Grammy) including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Group of the Year .....
Hit Songs: Local Boys, North Shore Serenade, Flying with Angels, I Miss You My Hawaii, Poetry Man, Rest of Your Life, You Don't Remember, Just My Imagination, Saving Forever, and more ..... (see our songs on iTunes or Amazon)
Our name, Na Leo Pilimehana, was given to us by Holoʻua Stender, our music and hula teacher at the Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu in 1983. In Hawaiian Na Leo PIlimehana means "The Voices Blending In Warmth". Holo recognized something within us that even we didn't really see yet. Later, overtime, it was shortened to "Na Leo" simply meaning "The Voices". It's our belief that the naming of our group was a defining moment in our career. Our style was then, and always will be, soothing, melodic voices-harmonizing and uniting in warmth.
It was 34 years ago that the world was introduced to the harmony of three high school friends singing on stage at the Brown Bags to Stardom talent contest at the Waikiki Shell. It was that performance that started it all for Na Leo Pilimehana and changed the direction of contemporary music in Hawai`i. With their original song “Local Boys,” Na Leo Pilimehana won the talent competition and put themselves on the map as musicians. To this day, “Local Boys” remains the #1 selling single in Hawai`i’s history. That was only the beginning. Today they have over 23 CDs, more than 20 #1 hits with two of them hitting the top 25 national charts. Na Leo Pilimehana is the largest selling Hawaiian female music group in the world.
NA HOKU Hanohano AWARDS
The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are Hawaii’s “GRAMMY’s” and the event is an evening to remember! It's been over 37 years of music, laughter, and love for the three of us, and to be recognized by our contemporaries and the artists whom we have admired for years is truly humbling. Mahalo to all of the members of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts for this honor. We hope to continue to make music that represents our people and Hawaii for years to come.
2019 ‘O’O Awards Gala
Mahalo to the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce for this prestigious award. We are humbled and honored to be associated with the amazing men and women who have come before us. Being Hawaiian and a business leader, as well as a musician, gives us a unique platform to assist others and to spread the love of Hawai‘i thru music. We will endeavor to continue to do so for many more years to come.
It’s an honor to be the recipient of the Native Hawaiian Chamber Of Commerce O’o Award! And this years Na Hoku Hanohano Award for our Contemporary Album Beautiful Day! We are truly humbled by both recognitions and will do our best to hold true to the standards and mission of both organizations. Mahalo!!!