Mailani Makainai
  • Mailani Makainai
  • Singer, Songwriter, musician, Hawaiian cultural storyteller
  • Biography

Biographical Information
Mailani Makainai was raised in a loving and supportive home where the importance and tradition of her Hawaiian culture was instilled early on by her parents. As she blossomed, so did her passion and interest as a vocalist, composer, and musician.  By the time she was in middle school in Honolulu, she and a friend had received two prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and released four other award-winning albums, securing a place within the Hawaii music scene.

In 2010, her self-titled release, "Mailani," garnered her the Na Hoku Hanohano award for Female Vocalist of the year, which confirmed her place amongst Hawaii entertainers. With her mesmerizing songs and lilting voice, fans old and new to her style of music continue to sing her praises.

Mailani shares stories with audiences about the culture, language and traditions that are Hawaii as her talks evolve into beautiful melodies that represent the culture of Hawaii today. She brings a unique musical performance and message to conferences and special events that inspire her audiences.


Speech Titles / Topics
Lessons of Aloha
Stories of Our Culture that Have Impacted Generations
Celebrate Life Through Music
Breaking Through Barriers - How a Young Female Musician Achieved Success

Past Organizations Addressed
RUSH Aloha, Australian Financial Planners Conference, Oceanic VIP Music Festival, Na Ke Aloha Festival, Hawaii Night Phoenix, Berkley Hawaiian Music Festival, Hawaiian Music Festival, Sunrise Summer Concerts, Mailani Cali Tour, Mamo Fashion Show Honolulu, Outrigger Reef Hotel, Hawaii Theater Center, Hawaii Destination Weddings, Ola Ka Ha Fundraiser, Iolani Palace Benefit Concert, Ala Moana Hotel Makaha Kalikimaka , Moana Surfrider Christmas, Kama’aina Nights Queen Ka’humanu Center, Mr. and Ms. Polynesian Pageant, Maui Community College, Hawaiian Polynesian Fair, Windward Community College, An Evening of Aloha at Yoshi’s in Oakland, Kapiolani Medical Center, Bishop Museum Charity Luau, Odaiba Hawaii Festival among others. Mailani’s most recent release has been selected by Target for a national advertising campaign