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Tatofi eyes Grammys glory while staying grounded in Tongan culture

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2018

    Josh Tatofi on stage with band members Travis Kaka, left, and Laupepa Letuli at Kona Nui Nights on Jan. 17 at the Ward Village Courtyard.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2018

    Josh Tatofi, center, signed a copy of his Grammy-nominated album “Pua Kiele” for Alicia Duenas, 9, left, her cousin, Aria Zach, 4, and auntie, Pi‘ilani Zach after his performance at Kona Nui Nights on Jan. 17 at the Ward Village Courtyard.

This weekend, Josh Tatofi is in New York to attend the 60th Grammy Awards as one of two Hawaii nominees in the regional roots music album category. His first Hawaiian album, “Pua Kiele,” advances the traditions of modern Polynesian R&B and the hapa-haole music that has been part of Hawaii for more than a century. Read more

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