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Benny Kalama: 1916-1999
Hawaiian Falsetto Singer

Hawaiian falsetto singer Benny Kalama was born on June 29, 1916 and he died on September 21, 1999.

Facts About Benny Kalama
  • Birth Date: June 29, 1916
  • Birth Place: Kohala, Big Island
  • Died: September 21, 1999
  • Full Name: Benjamin Kapena Kalama
  • Went by: Benny Kalama
  • Played in the McKinley High School Band
  • Played with Leonard Red Hawk and the Waikikians
  • Won Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
  • Was inducted into the falsetto Music Hall of Fame on October 13, 2006.
  • He is credited for discovering Alan Apaka when Apaka was a student at Roosevelt High School. Kalama later was Apaka's musical director.
  • In the 1960's Kalama succeeded Al Perry as the musical director of the "Hawaii Calls" radio program.
  • He performed with Kamahele and Alan Akaka until 1997, and he died two years later at age 80 or 82.

    Benny Kalama Album: "He Is Hawaiian Music" (MP3 download)
  • ARTIST: Benny Kalama
  • Cover Design: Tom Rixford
  • Digital Mastering: Lee Herschberg
    SONGS RECORDED ON THIS ALBUM:
  • 01 Hula Mai Oe
  • 02 Wahine Ui
  • 03 Eia Mai Au/Na Moku Eha Medley
  • 04 Sing Sweet Mama E
  • 05 Ahea No Hoi La
  • 06 My Island Love Song
  • 07 Na Pua O Hawaii
  • 08 When I Hear Hawaiian Music
  • 09 He Manao Kou La Oe
  • 10 Lani, Kuu Ipo
  • 11 Ta-Ha-Ua-La

    See also:
  • Other Hawaiian Falsetto Singers
  • Hawaiian Music Artists by Name
  • Pictures of Hawaiian Music Artists



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    Elsewhere on the Web: 2006 Honolulu Advertiser Benny kalama Bio





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