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Summer is right around the corner and Kolohe Kai and Hirie are brining the aloha spirit with Feel the Sunshine. The song about being back on the islands and feeling the warmth and its energy. Hirie recently moved back to Oahu and remembers why it's a special place. Kolohe Kai and Hirie (aka Roman and Trish) shows us that there's still a bright side to all that's happened. They remind us to stay grounded and take the time to feel the sunshine. It's such a feel good song that will immediately put you in a great mood.

DJ Marlino had the chance to chat with them about their latest collab Feel The Sunshine, touring the Philippines and growing up Filipino in Hawaii. Here are some of the highlights from the interview.

  1. Kolohe Kai and Hirie went to the same school and were one year apart, but they didn't know each other
    They didn't know about each other right away and only connected in January 2018 through a mutual friend. They also ended up writing Feel the Sunshine in 2018 which they described as an organic process.

2. Hirie believes that being back in Hawai'i has been a blessing in disguise
Last we talked with her, she mentioned buying a one-way ticket to Hawai'i for her and the family. "I think all of us got to really find that inner strength with our Ohana." Her latest Instagram posts have us feeling a little bit FOMO with how much fun she's having. However being back on the islands, it's been a time to connect with herself and her family. Although Roman and Trish touch on how the islands' tourism has been hit, both are still thankful and staying positive we'll all bounce back.

3. They talk about the importance of sharing their experiences with mental health
Both artists are big advocates on bettering one's mental health. Hirie shares recharging her batteries since she's been back home. "My mental health, everything gets grounded again when I'm in the sand." She says it's an indescribable feeling and something you just feel. For Kolohe Kai, he shares advice from his mom. "...giving up isn't an option. You've got to climb this mountain in order to see the sunrise." Also, he shares that writing songs is an outlet for him to express the emotion he experiences.

4. The Hawai'i scenery doesn't hurt when need inspiration for songs
Both artists are not only great performers, but amazing songwriters. Who hasn't had a Kolohe Kai or Hirie song stuck in their head? They say in Hawai'i, it's easy to be around each other and sounds and melodies run through your mind. From the beaches to the palm trees, it's not a bad backdrop. However, they both agree that past and present experiences are what inspires them most. You have to see Kolohe Kai's MV for Catching Lightning.

5. They're proud of their Filipino roots and represent the Asian community globally
They're proud of who they are and share the different experiences they had growing up Filipino. While Roman was raised in Hawai'i, Trish went to a British school in Italy. Fun fact, she had a British accent when she arrived in Hawai'i. However she did also talked about the rough transition. However, now they both know themselves as people and want to constantly promote positivity. This wouldn't be possible without the influence their grandparents and parents had on them. To carry on the tradition of love and hospitality.

6. Feel the Sunshine is about feeling the energy after being away from home for a long time
People visit Hawai'i to get away on vacation right? That's how Feel the Sunshine came about, wanting to be refreshed and the feeling of sunshine on your skin. The song all started with the melody then Hirie wrote her second verse on the spot. The bridge was written by both of them and the collaborative process came together smoothly. Kolohe Kai says it's been one of the easiest set up he's done and one of the first collaborations back since Good Morning Hawaii. When you listen to the song, it makes you reminisce about a care-free time and gives you hope that you'll find better days again.

ABOUT KOLOHE KAI

Kolohe Kai is a local Hawaiian reggae band, represented by singer/songwriter/frontman Roman de Peralta. In 2009, Kolohe Kai broke out on the music scene with its debut release This is the Life. Following that were songs Ehu Girl and Cool Down.

After a 3-year break to enjoy life’s experiences, Kolohe Kai came back strong with "Paradise" in 2014. The title track Paradise and Heʻe Roa captures the Hawaiian reggae sound that captures the audience.
Roman uses his experiences, both the good and the not-so-good, as inspiration for his music.

ABOUT HIRIE

San Diego’s seven-piece band HIRIE brings the reggae vibe to the scene. HIRIE is poppy and purposeful, harnessing the power of accessible songcraft, social consciousness, world­ class musicianship, and the disarming and spellbinding qualities of reggae, the band exudes mainstream appeal without diluting its artistic vision. “Hirie is a lifestyle choice, it’s about healing the body, the mind, and the spirit. It's a way to detach from the painful complexities of the world, and bask in joyous energy."

Cover Photo Credit: Kolohe Kai Facebook

It's the FEEL THE SUNSHINE OFFICIAL GIVEAWAY! Courtesy of Alaska Airlines & Kaimana Beach Hotel.

Win a trip to HAWAII! Includes airfare for 2 & hotel for 6nights, 7 days!

RULES TO ENTER GIVEAWAY:
1. Must be following @alaskaair @kaimanabeach @kolohekaimusic & @hiriemusic.
2. Post a picture or video of how you would “Feel the Sunshine” with hashtag #feelthesunshine.
3. TAG your SUN BUDDY in this post.
WINNER is chosen randomly in IG hashtag. Additional amazing prizes to be announced for runner ups!

CONTEST begins March 8 & ends March 22. Winner + runner up prize winners will be announced on March 23.

Kollective Hustle's Website Launch Party was lit! The event hosted by Romeo Marques Jr., had your favorite Filipino artists, DJs, and personalities all stopping by to show some love:

The Hustle Mission was the outline for the two and a half hour kickoff event:

Each section mixed interviews and DJ sets with conversations between SOSUPERSAM and Jen Deleon and our very own Roslynn chatting with Guapdad 4000 and Illmind. Plus we were stoked to see Passion and Gabe Bondoc singing the Filipino national anthem, Lemonade together! It was a reunion of half of #CatchingOneLemonade.

Kollective Hustle is all about "uniting the emerging generation of Filipinos in transforming their ideas into action, passion into profession, creativity into careers, and to inspire a global culture of collaboration." We hope you were just as inspired as we are! Keep up to date with news or get involved at kollectivehustle.com

Heavy Rotation Live brought out the reggae vibes this week with Hawaiian singer, songwriter Hirie. She was born in Makati, Philippines, then moved to Italy when she was still young and finally settled in Hawaii where she found the reggae scene. She shares stories about how her unique childhood and how it shaped both her as a person and her music plus what’s been keeping her busy during quarantine.

Check out the Top 10 things we learned about Hirie:

  1. Her dad worked for the UN and her mom is an engineer
    Hirie moved around a lot because of her dad’s UN position, but that also meant she met a lot of people which influenced her musical taste. She said, “There was so much energy at home because of the people I met through my dad’s job.”
  2. She learned a lot about different cultures at a young age
    Living abroad made her really open to different people and backgrounds. Hirie said it’s made her less judgmental about others and “accept people the way they are and they’re a product of their upbringing.”
  3. She started writing songs because of her poems
    Her intricate songwriting skills began when she was young, making her a hopeless romantic and talking about heartbreak. Lyrics to her first song were so deep, "He tells me he'll make me smile, twice more he made me cry. He tells me he'll grow a rose three times, he made them die." In Hawaii, students are required to learn how to play the ukulele. After writing lot of poems then mixing in the ukulele chords, it led to a natural progression to songwriting.
  4. Last time she visited the Philippines she was still a teen
    She tells Heavy Rotation that her last trip was around 17 or 18 years old, so it’s been her dream for a while to visit again. Her top destinations on her list include Manila, Sorsogon in Bicol, and just exploring different islands.
  5. Her Filipino nickname was “pasaway”
    We were all called pasaway by our lolas at one point or another as kid and Hirie was no different. The Filipino phrase that her lola always told her was “gusto mo palo?” Most of us know the feeling.
  6. She’s been keeping busy during quarantine
    Unlike most of us who’s been binging Netflix and going down the rabbit hole of Twitch, Hirie’s been keeping herself occupied by cooking, writing, and creating on Patreon. She shares that her new smoker is a game changer and taking her meals to a whole new level.
  7. She’s always thinking about what should be happening next and what else she can do
    While she misses performing on stage and having the band with her, she still thinks of creative ways to keep the music going. Her Birthday Bash Live Concert back in May aimed to help the arts. We definitely wish we were just as determined as Hirie.
  8. “Bonfire” is just a taste of the upcoming album
    The song is a feel-good track that aims to release the negative energy. She wanted to create an easy listening sound that listeners can enjoy and wonder off into the riffs, “When I sing, I want to put people to sleep.”
  9. The name of the new album will start with the letter “M”
    Hirie didn’t go into it much, but the name comes from a dream she had. If all the songs continue along the theme she has in mind, then she’s sticking with the name. Anyone have any guesses? All we know is that the new album showcases her different expressions and moods. We can expect to hear more songs that will get us up and dancing.
  10. DJ Marlino challenged her to write a Tagalog reggae song
    Her immediate answer, "Oo (yes) let's try!" Hirie was intrigued to hear about the booming island reggae music scene in Boracay and can't wait to experience it for herself.

Find Hirie on social media (@hiriemusic) and yes, she confirms that it’s actually her responding. Ending the interview, she leaves myxers with a message of love. “Find love for one another. We need to show each other more kindness than anything. Be who you want to see in the world.”

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