Back in 2009, I helped Mailani Makainai write two mele which appeared on her debut solo CD, Mailani. She subsequently won the 2010 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Female Vocalist of the Year for that release. Today Mailani was featured on an episode of “After The Catch”, a sit down discussion among captains and crew members from the Discovery TV show Deadliest Catch. Mailani played both of those songs-“Penei Iho, Penei A‘e, Penei Nō” and “He Mele No Kahalu‘u”–live on the show, leading into and coming back from commercial breaks. Her TV time was far too short, but Mike Rowe and the crew were quite complimentary of her performance, adding that there would probably be a lot less stress on the boats if they pumped her music as they worked. I agree 😉
I missed the title of the episode on which the music appeared, but it’s first broadcast day was today, June 21. “After The Catch” usually follows the broadcast of new and older episodes of “Deadliest Catch”.
Mailani’s latest release is entitled ‘Āina. We have two collaborations on there-one an original entitled “Ka Nani O Kā‘ena”, and a Hawaiian translation/interpretation of the Beatles’ classic “Yesterday”. It’s been a pleasure to work with Mai over the past few years, on her releases and as colleagues on the HARA Board of Governors.