Growing up on Maui provided Kawika Regidor with the perfect opportunity to indulge his passions.Like most local children, he learned to play the ukulele, but took his musical abilities much further than most, adding guitar, Polynesian drums, singing and Tahitian dancing to his repertoire. He made the very most of local-style backyard kanikapila at family gatherings, learning all the traditional Hawaiian and island songs performed by uncles and aunties. Hanging out with friends, Kawika developed a love for popular Reggae and Pop music. While attending the University of Hawaii, he kicked off his musical career with a Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Bill Murata Memorial Scholarship.
An avid writer, this local boy composed most of his songs. Kawika made his recording debut on the popular “Island Love Shack” compilation series and released his first full length CD, “The First Time,” for which he received a Na Hoku Hanohano nomination for Most Promising New Artist. He became a household name in local music circles when the comical music video of his original song, “Two Lovers,” had a long run on local television. “The First Time” was followed by “Paradise,” and “Growing Up,” which all received solid radio play in the islands, especially on Maui and Kauai.
The Best of Kawika includes many of Kawika’s most popular songs. Island Contemporary originals “Poor Boy from Maui,” “Growing Up,” and “Maui My Home,” tap into life in the tropics. Kawika’s love for Reggae takes on an island feel with his original songs, “Paradise,” “Want You to Know,” “The First Time” “Girl of My Dreams” and “My Only Lover.” Pure Hawaiian is beautifully represented with “Ho’oipo Mai’oe,” Kawika silky voice works magically on the sweet love song, “You’re All I Need”
Also included are two of Kawika’s personal favorites, Frank Hewitt’s island classic, “Sweet Lahaina Nights,” which he performs beautifully, and Adam Sandler’s playful “Grow Old With You,” from “Fifty First Dates” which was filmed in Hawaii.