Kimié Miner - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Kimié Miner

Honolulu, HI

Singer-songwriter Kimie (pronounced Kim-mi-Yay) Miner’s hit song “Bamboo” became an instant island classic when it was released last year. It is the essence of her soulful acoustic pop sound that she describes as “dressing the listener in a flowing muumuu on a cool beach, easily mistaken for paradise.” Born and raised on Hawaii Island, her melodies have a loose, down-to-earth feel, and with her lyrics she aims to create a universal imagery that transcends ethnicity, gender, age, and musical genre.

At the age of 14, Miner taught herself to play guitar and began writing songs. She found inspiration in a wide range of musical styles and artists, from Israel Kamakawiwoole to Lauryn Hill. While an undergraduate at the University of San Diego, Miner embarked on her first West Coast tour at age 19 with reggae star Barrington Levy. Following the tour Miner resided in Clarendon, Jamaica, for a few months to write and work with Levy in the studio.

Miner released her first EP, To The Sea, in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The seven-track album included the radio singles, “Is This Love,” “Shame on You,” “Rooted,” and “Make Me Say,” featuring Hawaiian musician and former schoolmate Imua Garza. In 2015, Miner wrote and co-produced her full-length debut, Kimie Miner. The album includes collaborations with Caleb Keolanui from The Green and L.A. reggae band Detour Posse, and went on to win Contemporary Album of the Year at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2016.

Miner also runs her production company Haku Hawaii. “Hawaii is very community based. Many of the recording artists, producers, and writers here commonly work together on our music projects as a lahui or collective. Yet no one is really representing us, the new generation of Hawaiian music, as a whole to the world outside of Hawaii. I wanted to create a company to provide greater opportunities for us. I started Haku Hawaii, not just for us now but for artists coming up after us.”