KIMIE MINER is a Native Hawaiian mother of three and a full-time GRAMMY-nominated producer, singer-songwriter, and recording artist. She is the President and CEO of HAKU COLLECTIVE, a full-service, multi-media talent production and management group that she founded in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She has written and co-produced 5 award-winning albums including the GRAMMY-nominated album, “Hawaiian Lullaby,” and most recently produced “Children of the Sea - Nā Kama Kai” a full-length album from her free music mentorship program called MeleCraft, dedicated to supporting aspiring young artists and honoring the Hawaiian culture and language. In 2018, she won Female Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for her song “Bamboo” (Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards) and Female Artist of the Year at the Island Music Awards.
Kimié’s parents, who are of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent, noticed her affinity for music at a very young age, and at 14-years-old she taught herself to play guitar and began writing her own original songs. While attending Kamehameha Schools as a boarding student on Oʻahu, she honed in on her songwriting. She found inspiration in a wide range of music from Hawaiian, Jazz and R&B-influenced individuals such as Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, India.Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Eva Cassidy. While an undergraduate at the University of San Diego, Kimié embarked on her first west coast American 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. Her songs regularly evoke the Hawaiian concept of the Piko: the “naval” or “center” which represents a home base to which one can always return. She notes that “As Hawaiians, we have our roots and our routes. We know who we are, and we take that knowledge with us when we navigate and explore the rest of the world.”
Awarded the 21st HVCA Entrepreneur “Island Innovator Award” Miner founded Mele in Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i’s first and longest-running multi-home, live-stream entertainment series since the Covid-pandemic began, supporting over 50 artists while reaching a global audience with the Hawaiian language and the most progressive sounds of Hawaiʻi.
As a two-year term Team Captain for Hawai'i on District Advocate Day, Miner also serves on the Board of Governors for the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and the Recording Academyʻs Pacific NorthWest Chapter. She is an active mentor for ‘GRAMMY U’ and an engaged member of both the education and P&E committees for the PNW Chapter.
“I am a Native daughter. Descended from the water. A creative mother, reflecting a light to empower and change the world.” -Kimié Miner