Q&A: Rocking Steady with Reggae Groove Machine Maoli

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Maoli members Kana Akiu-Corpuz, Glenn Awong, and Nuu Kahalehau gave Knockdown Alley the inside scoop on their most-missed food on tour, pre-show rituals, and more in this Q&A! Take a look, and get tickets to see Maoli and Through The Roots with Bad Neighborz on Tuesday, December 15. Reggae on all night!

Kana Akiu-Corpuz – Bassist

When you’re on the road, what food from Hawaii do you miss most?

Fresh Fish Poke!!

If you were a professional baseball player what would your walkout song be?

“Batter Up” by Nelly suits the situation.

Have you ever shared a bill with John Brown’s Body? If so what were the circumstances?

I don’t believe so…

Do you remember your first show? What was that experience like?

Definitely remember our first show back home on Maui we opened for a CD release party for a group Kohomua. It’s was super dope!! At that time they were in heavy rotation back home. We definitely took full advantage of the situation and smashed a killer set with covers and original music! It was super fun!!

Do you have any pre-show rituals as a band?

We pray. We give thanks always!!

What’s your favorite JBB song and why?

I’d have to say “Ambrosia” only cuz it was one of the first songs to hit the air waves back home on Maui. Every Wednesday and Saturday nights it was the Reggae Radio Show on Maui and that’s when I first heard of JBB. That whole album “Spirits All Around Us” is a dope album!!

Glenn Awong – Lead Singer

When you’re on the road, what food from Hawaii do you miss most?

Fried Fish.

If you were a professional baseball player what would your walkout song be?

“Step In The Name Of Love” by R Kelly

Have you ever shared a bill with John Brown’s Body? If so what were the circumstances?

No.

Do you remember your first show?

Keanae in Maui for a taro fest.

What was that experience like?

Nervously excited.

Do you have any pre-show rituals as a band?

Prayer givin thanks to our Lord savior Jesus Christ.

Nuu Kahalehau – Guitar/Vocals

When you’re on the road, what food from Hawaii do you miss most?

Definitely Poke.

If you were a professional baseball player what would your walkout song be?

“Run This Town” by Jay-Z

Have you ever shared a bill with John Brown’s Body? If so what were the circumstances?

No.

Do you remember your first show?

It was a big concert on Maui with thousands of people.

What was that experience like?

It was my first show so the nerves were definitely there but it turned out to be a great and humbling first experience.

Do you have any pre-show rituals as a band?

We pray to give thanks for our many blessings and for a good show every time before we grace the stage.

Knockdown
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