Brand-new episodes of Live From My Den: Hawaii Edition began premiering on Variety each week on June 17. Four of the state's award-winning musicians are featured: six-time Grammy nominee Amy Hnaiali'i, Grammy-nominated producer, singer/songwriter, and CEO of Haku Collective Kimié Miner, multigenerational family band Kapena, and traditional Hawaiian music trio Keauhou.
The Papahana Kuaola environmental education facility in Kne'ohe, the Parker Ranch historic cattle ranch in Waimea, the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop-founded Kamehameha Schools Kaplama Campus in Honolulu, and the picturesque Ha'ik valley situated on the Ko'olau Mountains' slopes were just a few of the sites where episodes were filmed.
Presented by The Hawaiian Islands, this season of Live From My Den also has contributions from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), the Creative Industries Division, and the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association.
Artists Den CEO Mark Lieberman says that his team is thrilled to present this latest installment of the popular web series, as the Hawaiian edition of Live From My Den allowed the group to study the link between location and performance on an even deeper level.
“We're pleased to develop these once-in-a-lifetime storytelling pieces with Hawaii,” Lieberman shared. “These four artists each exemplify Hawaiian culture, beliefs, and customs.”
The artists share glimpses of their private creative spaces and wahi pana (storied places) in the Creative Tour segment, which includes trips to their home studios, illustrious schools, and breathtaking "ina (lands). Live From My Den combines a unique hi-fidelity experience with the grade of narrative, intimate setting and uplifting spirit that has made Artists Den a global brand for more than a decade.
The series promotes mlama, which signifies caring for one's environment and community. It provides local artists a chance and promotes Hawaiian art and morals globally. This show also reintroduces Hawaii's recording artists to national and international audiences after a year of COVID-19 limitations that hurt the performing arts and music business in Hawai'i.