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Raiatea Helm
Raiatea Helm

Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm made history in 2006 as Hawai‘i’s first solo female vocalist ever to receive a Grammy Nomination for her sophomore CD “Sweet and Lovely.”

At 21 years old, she was one of the youngest performers to attend the 42nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards in Los Angeles, California. It was a remarkable achievement when you consider that she comes from the tiny island of Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i, a mere wisp of volcanic land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The Arts and Leisure Desk of The New York Times (February 5, 2006) featured a list of Grammy Nominated artists who had produced stunning work but who were likely to be over looked as celebrity public relations machines pushed the glitz of industry icons. The NYT wrote of Raiatea Helm, “[She] sings in the high-voiced throwback leo ki‘eki‘e style without a hint of kitsch. Her second album, “Sweet and Lovely” is poised and utterly elegant.”

With her performing and recording career now entering her seventh year, Raiatea has firmly established her reputation as Hawai‘i’s premier chanteuse. It is undeniable that Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm will be a part of the national as well as international music scene for many years to come.
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