Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hawaiian Singer Is A Teacher First, Celebrity Second

MAUI, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Grammy-nominated Hawaiian singer Keali‘i Reichel has opened for huge acts like Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt, and Sting, but he still doesn’t consider himself a celebrity.

That’s the tune from Reichel, who is also a hula and language teacher in Maui, Hawaii, and says no matter how famous he gets, he’s a teacher first and a celebrity second.

Says Reichel: “I love entertaining, but I’d rather use my music to pay it forward and teach people about Hawaiian culture and traditions.”

Still, it’s difficult to avoid his celebrity status in Hawaii, especially during his hula lessons.

Reichel explains, “A lot of students ask me for autographs and I try to explain to them that in class, I’m just their teacher, not a celebrity. I don’t play my own music during hula, and my students aren’t expected to bring my CD or a T-shirt with my face on it to class. That would defeat the purpose of them being there to learn.”

And while Reichel doesn’t promote his music during class, he would play it if it was truly necessary.

He adds, “I’ve been told my music calms people, and if my students were acting up I would definitely play my CD to calm them down. They’d be in a Keali‘i trance!”

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