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HawaiiSlam's 9th Anniversary Grand Slam - Thursday - 4/5/2012
It's on!!! The BIG SHOW is this Thursday (April 5th -- the Grand Slam FINALS and 9th Anniversary Show at Fresh Cafe)!! Folks, we've been building up to this moment for an entire year, and it will definitely be the best slam poetry show by far!! It is also a fundraiser to send the HawaiiSlam Team to the National Poetry Slam so please come out and support the cause. This super special championship show will be hosted by Kealoha and will feature:
-- The 12 best poets from the 2011-2012 season rocking the mic in a three-round elimination match to determine who will represent Team HawaiiSlam at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC. Competing poets are Liam Skilling, Rob Words, Jenna Robinson, Sterling Higa, Hong Guang Pyo, Damiqua "Champ" Champion, Drew Imagination, Jason Tom, Ink, Serena Simmons, Tui-Z, and Solomon
-- Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa. Joaquin is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, World Cup Champion, and an HBO Def Poet. Natasha is an international spoken word superstar who has shared stages with Maya Angelou, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. Their feature will include a mix of duet and solo pieces.
-- Opening poems by Selah Geissler (HawaiiSlam Team 2003, 2004, & 2005) and Kealoha (National Poetry Slam Legend)
-- Turntable Sorcery by DJ Mr. Nick (KTUH, Next Door)
-- Live painting by the resident artists (past artists include Solomon Enos, Erin McCullough, Kimi Werner, The Storekeeper, Dhyana Zagri, Stanstill, Nabahe, Wes Ka`uhane, Neal Uno, Pancho Abalos, Mike Fresh, Manny P, Patti Bruce, Aaron Char, Mark Agnir, Jeff Lum, Samantha Goldman, Earl Washington, Clinton "Clean" Haness, Carol Tagawa, TJ Howe, Nikila Badua, Jeremiah Skurtu, and Sarah Hodges)
Our super special feature for this show is the duo of Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa. Joaquin is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, World Cup Champion, and an HBO Def Poet. Natasha is an international spoken word superstar who has shared stages with Maya Angelou, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. Their feature will include a mix of duet and solo pieces. Do not miss out on this show.
We're 9 years old, and we're celebrating with our annual Grand Slam FINALS show!! After an exciting season of qualifier rounds at First Thursdays, HawaiiSlam is ready to select the ninth team to represent Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam (NPS), which will be held in Charlotte, NC this year. The 12 best poets from the 2011-2012 HawaiiSlam season will battle it out in a three round elimination competition to determine the 4-member team that will fly up to the NPS. The poets will undoubtedly bring their best pieces to the stage in what will be the greatest slam poetry show of the year!!! The proceeds from this annual show/fundraiser will fund the HawaiiSlam Team's trip up to the NPS.
The super special feature for the show is the duo of Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa. Joaquin is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, World Cup Champion, and an HBO Def Poet. Natasha is an international spoken word superstar who has shared stages with Maya Angelou, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. Their feature will include a mix of duet and solo pieces. As always, the night will be hosted by Kealoha, and will feature live painters and DJ Mr. Nick (KTUH) who will provide turntable sorcery throughout the evening.
The Grand Slam FINALS show will be held at Fresh Cafe. First Thursdays is the largest registered poetry slam in the world (attendance of 500+). The Grand Slam FINALS event is on Thursday, April 5th. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $15, and are available Online at
About NPS: The National Poetry Slam (NPS), which is often dubbed as the superbowl of slam poetry, is an annual competition that will draw in roughly 84 poetry teams from around the world. The lineup of competitors at the NPS is loaded with professional touring poets and poets from HBO's Def Poetry Jam. For more information, check out
You can get tickets for the Grand Slam FINALS at the following locations:
- Fresh Cafe (831 Queen St.), phone: (808) 688-8055... open most hours of the day and night!
- Jelly's (420 Coral St. @ Auahi St), phone: (808) 587-7001
- UH Campus Center Ticket Desk (UH Manoa), phone: (808) 956-7236
- Revolution Books (2626 South King St.), phone: (808) 944-3106
- TooGruvz (Puck's Alley, 2600 South King St.), phone: (808) 946-7773
- Hungry Ear (Kailua, 418 Ku`ulei Rd.), phone: (808) 262-2175
- Jelly's (Aiea, 98-023 Hekaha St.), phone: (808) 484-4413
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- Phone order by calling HawaiiSlam at (808) 387-9664
- Internet purchase at
Tickets are $15. Those who buy tickets ahead of time will be given priority in the line. All those who buy at the door will come in after everyone else who already has tickets, so get yours now!! Proceeds from this annual show/fundraiser will fund the HawaiiSlam Team's trip up to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC.
First Thursdays (April 5th -- Grand Slam FINALS)
Location: Fresh Cafe
831 Queen Street (near intersection with Cooke Street)
Doors at 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm
$15 Fundraiser to Send the Team to Nationals
Phone: (808) 387-9664
First Thursdays is the largest registered poetry slam in the world (500+ in attendance)!! HawaiiSlam has official 501(c)(3) non-profit status through Poetry Slam Inc. Please forward to anybody who may be interested...
Kealoha - Poet and Storyteller
Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program. In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nations best poets in 2007, and was honored as a "National Slam Legend" in 2010. He is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i (2-Time International Champions), and First Thursdays (the largest registered slam poetry competition in the world with an average attendance of 600+).
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Kealoha has served as Hawai`i's SlamMaster since 2003, and has been on the Artists in the Schools roster since 2005. He has featured at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Nuyorican poets cafe (New York City), the Bowery Poetry Club (New York City), the Green Mill (Chicago), the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Rokerij (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show. In the genre of storytelling, he has gained national recognition by showcasing at high profile events such as the National Storytelling Network Conference, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, and the Honolulu Storytelling Festival.
"National Slam Legend" --Honored at the 2010 National Poetry Slam
"The first poet to perform at a Hawai`i governor's inauguration." --KITV4 News
"The state's unofficial slam poet laureate." --Kawehi Haug, Honolulu Advertiser
Kealoha was featured on HBO's Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he is the poetic vocalist for Henry Kapono's "Wild Hawaiian Experience" (nominated for a Grammy). In the literature world, his poetry has been published by Bamboo Ridge, Real Word Magazine, and Auckland University Press. His poetry performances have also been recorded on albums such as Hapa's "Maui" (winner of 4 Na Hoku Hanohano awards and the Hawai`i Music Award for "Album of the Year"), the Mana Maoli compilation (featuring Jack Johnson and John Cruz), and a full-length spoken word CD entitled Kealoha. He has performed 4 times on the "World's Greatest Poetry Slam" DVD series (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008), was featured in the film "Get a Job" starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom, and starred in the movie "Hawai`i Slam: Poetry in Paradise." Kealoha has made dozens of television appearances, including two performances for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, PBS's Long Story Short (with Leslie Wilcox), and the State of Hawai`i's "Can't Fool the Youth" anti-smoking campaign that he wrote, performed, and co-directed.
Kealoha has shared the stage with Kenny Loggins (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Jack Johnson (Multi-Platinum Recording Artist), Ben Harper (Multiple Grammy Winner), Willie Nelson (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (Multiple Grammy Winner), Jason Mraz (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Michael Franti (Spearhead), Don Carlos (Reggae Legend), Konishiki (Champion Sumo Wrestler), Medusa (Grammy Winner), and countless numbers of slam poetry superstars. He has also collaborated with artists such as Henry Kapono (Grammy Nominee), Hapa (Multiple Na Hoku winners), Makana (Slack Key Virtuoso), Willie K (Grammy Nominee), Mick Fleetwood (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), and Jason Scott Lee (Actor). Finally, he has conducted workshops at over 200 distinct schools, libraries, prisons, and community centers throughout his career (including a Master's Workshop at the Bamboo Ridge Writer's Institute) alongside writing leaders such as Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior), and Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider).
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The Various Ways To Work With Kealoha
Kealoha has been booked to perform at concerts, festivals, corporate events, conferences, weddings, speaker series, rallies, anti-violence shows, HIV awareness days, art openings, keynote addresses, motivational seminars, cultural events, award ceremonies, and fundraisers. His performances combine poetry, storytelling, movement, theater, and interactive speaking. The length of his performances range from 1 minute blasts to full hour-and-a-half shows, depending on his clients' needs. He is a seasoned performer who has toured throughout the world, playing to packed houses in cities such as Zurich, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. He has also made numerous television and radio show appearances, and has performed in hundreds of live venues throughout Hawai`i including the `Iolani Palace, Aloha Stadium, Waikiki Shell, Neal Blaisdell Arena, Hawai`i Theatre, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Studio1, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Hawaiian Hut, Pipeline Cafe, and the Hawai`i Convention Center.
Kealoha brings a great wealth of energy and comfort on stage as an emcee. When appropriate, he is also able to fill in dead time with his poems, making sure that the audience is always engaged. Behind the scenes, he is extremely detail oriented, and helps to keep the flow of his events smooth. He primarily emcees concerts, festivals, and conferences.
Kealoha conducts both large-scale assemblies and intimate classroom workshops for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, and Universities throughout the country. His touring series, called "Stylistic Elements," exposes students to performance poetry, gives them a hands-on writing experience, and inspires them to find their own poetic voice. The content and language level (automatically censored for High School and below) of Stylistic Elements is tailored from class to class in order to match the age group and learning needs of the students. Furthermore, each of Kealoha's workshops fulfill an average of 6-7 of the Hawai`i Content and Performance Standards in the Language Arts (written & oral), Fine Arts (drama and theatre), and Career Planning areas. In addition to poetry, his assemblies and classroom workshops have also been used to address specific topics such as anti-violence awareness, career options, the importance of reading/literacy, motivation, leadership, college prep, theater, and anti-tobacco messages. Because he is both Native Hawaiian and born & raised in Hawai`i, Kealoha has extreme sensitivity towards local issues and builds rapport with students as soon as he enters the room.
Stylistic Elements has inspired thousands of students and teachers in over 200 distinct schools, libraries, prisons, and community centers since 2002. In 2010, Kealoha was selected as a master artist for the National Endowment for the Arts: Hawai`i Arts at Work Program. Furthermore, Kealoha has also taught a Master's Workshop at the Bamboo Ridge Writer's Institute, has done professional development with teachers at educational seminars, has conducted workshops at the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival (Brave New Voices), and has taught both male and female inmates in Hawaii's prisons. Kealoha has been on the Artistic Teaching Partners (Artists in the Schools) roster since 2005, and has completed multi-week residencies at Kahuku High School, Waiau Elementary, Molokai High School, Kaua`i High School, Makaha Elementary, Waimea Middle School (Big Island), Kamaile Academy, Wai`anae Elementary, Nanakuli Elementary, and Salt Lake Elementary. He was also commissioned to design and teach a full summer school course in Performing Arts at Punahou High School.
The HawaiiSlam Poets
Kealoha is the coach and a member of the HawaiiSlam Poets, a group of Hawaii's best performance poets. Their team pieces (more than one person delivering the poem) have been featured on the National Poetry Slam's Finals stage for three years, and in 2009 they placed 5th in the nation out of 68 teams. Their performance poetry shows have been typically used for special events, school assemblies, concerts, and festivals.
Music Shows & Performing Arts Concerts
Kealoha tours with some of Hawaii's best musicians & performers as a poetic vocalist. He currently has full concert shows with Henry Kapono ("The Wild Hawaiian" - classic rock with a Hawaiian language twist), Makana (progressive slack key and rock), Kaumakaiwa Kanaka`ole (Hawaiian roots and music), Hawaiian Ryan (comedy, poetry, and improv music), Kathy "Tita" Collins (storytelling & poetry), and Communication (acoustic soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, poetry). These performance groups have typically been used for music festivals, concerts, and theatre engagements.
Need a poem, spoken word piece, or piece of prose that says something very specific? Kealoha is up for the task. As an artist, he immerses himself into his clients' assignments with passion. He can work on very tight time lines, and is professional with his communication during the process. For television shows or promos, Kealoha has been commissioned by clients such as the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show (Hawai`i's Grammys), the State of Hawaii's Department Of Health, the City and County of Honolulu, the Na Hoku O Hawai`i Music Festival, the Kokua for Katrina Benefit Concert, and the Kokua for the Pacific Benefit Concert. In the music industry, he has been commissioned by Hapa, Henry Kapono, and Makana. He was also commissioned to write the inauguration poem for the Governor of Hawai`i.
If you are interested in using Kealoha or his associates for your event/school, please send an email to info@KealohaPoetry.com or call (808) 387-9664 for more information. If you have a different use for Kealoha that is not listed in any of the above categories, don't be shy. Kealoha is a quick study and can usually accomodate any of your needs. He is also honest about his limitations, and will let you know if he is uncomfortable with performing certain functions.
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Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program.
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