Kaahele is a Hawaiian word for “Journey” and the musical name of Kelly Hyde. Her lyrics are clever, uplifting, and comical, bringing awareness and at the same time making light of the human situation. Her music covers an array of folk, reggae, bluegrass, and her own special flavor. Kaahele speaks to the separation between the modern and natural world. She represents nomadic culture, holding respect for native people, and reaching out to those who could use a fresh point of view. Her songs are full of food for thought, and her melodies are soothing and creative. Listeners may feel inclined to laugh or be brought to tears.
Kelly grew up in a small town in New York State named Callicoon on the beautiful Delaware river. Exposed to many genres at a young age, Kelly’s parents were music lovers. Her father, known as Grateful Ted, is a performing musician to this day. Paul Simon, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Talking heads, and Peter Tosh were often in the background during her youth. Kelly learned to operate the turn tables and listen to records in her free time at a young age. Her first memory is bobbing up and down on the floor of the kitchen to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecilia”
Often performing as a solo artist, Kaahele is occasionally accompanied by the cajon, and bass guitar. She can be found playing with multitalented percussionist Christopher McNinch, who brings Cajon, washboard, spoons, and tambourine to the mix, as well as bassist Sean Murray. She has opened up for artists such as Medicine for the People, Tubby Love, Dustin Thomas, SaraTone, Pato Banton , and Chris Barren and the Time Bandits.
“Kaahele oozes talent, without the pretence. Her open ended lyrics spark fantasy and ideas at the same time as being very earthy and real. The musical arrangements and vocals are a sound to behold” -Kyle Brothers
“Kaahele’s passion and talent are reflected in her original musical arrangements. Her powerful lyrics and ideas empowering others to consider simple changes and broad concepts to help be part of the solution and not the pollution. She paints the picture bridging humans nature with nature, sung from the depth of her soul. Her music makes a difference in the world as she continues to spread wisdom words. Listen and be inspired."
- Donna Maltz of “Soil to Soul Solutions”
Kelly’s musical studies started at a young age with trumpet. Soon after, she picked up guitar, mostly learning to play by ear. A spark in 2009 lead her to start traveling-landing her on the Big Island of Hawaii. Here she found the Baritone Ukulele and a unique, free environment that allowed words and melodies to come alive and flow effortlessly. After releasing her first album Incredible Journey in February 2014, Kaahele seeks to share her music with the masses.