A soundpiece of the past seems to haunt the soul as you listen to a voice of a young woman that resembles a beloved Aunty Genoa Keawe in her younger years–Pōmaikaʻi was able to learn and develop the unique style of “haʻi” that her Tutu Genoa Keawe mastered and performed throughout Hawaiʻi and many parts of the world. Now, many who enjoy listening to Genoa Keaweʻs music are pleased to hear that Pōmaikaʻi has continued the honor and kuleana of carrying on this musical tradition and legacy.

Born and raised on Oʻahu, Pōmaikaʻi attended Punahou School (ʻ99), then continued on to graduate from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Economics (ʻ03). After returning home from BYU, she married Shane Lyman (Kamehameha Schools ʻ95), and they now have 4 children (Mālie-14, Iosepa-12, Ziona11, Enosa-9), all of whom have developed their own interest in the family legacy through hula and mele. All four play the ukulele and sing, while the oldest two and the youngest have expanded their ability by taking lessons on steel guitar (Mālie & Enosa) and bass (Iosepa) with Master Steel Guitarist Alan Akaka at Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi (www.kekulamele.com).

After her Tutu Genoa Keawe’s passing in 2008, Pōmaikaʻi continued her grandmotherʻs weekly gig at the Moana Terrace (Waikiki Beach Marriott), taking it into its 20th anniversary before the Keawe ʻOhana completed their final evening there. In addition to being a music teacher at various schools under both the Pahinui Foundation and Mana Maoli Foundation, Punahou School, and Kamehameha Schools, she has also held the title of Mrs. Hawaiʻi International (2016). Her passion for Hawaiian Music, Language, and Culture is eminent in her constant desire to uplift and strengthen Hawaiʻiʻs youth by organizing and participating in numerous projects that bring those elements together. She is also involved in furthering the mission of a non-profit organization established in honor of her Tutuʻs legacy of music and aloha, the Genoa Keawe Foundation.

Though she has not released a solo album yet, she has been recognized both locally and abroad as an accomplished Hawaiian music artist. As for now, she is following the path that she has been inspired to move on, where music is still a very large part of her life and legacy.

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Halemaʻumaʻu by Aunty Genoa Keawe

#EKanikapilaKākou #GK100Not an easy song to sing… if you sing it exactly like her. If she were here, she'd say, "Nice Pomai…but you need to practice, practice, practice." Then she'd smile and kiss me.Or she'd completely ignore me and just praise Mālie!😁🤣MELE: Halema'uma'uHAKU MELE: Maddy Lam, Bill LincolnALBUM: Genoa Keawe By Request

Posted by Pomaika'i Lyman on Wednesday, October 17, 2018