Pe’a’s debut album was released in 2016. "E Walea" quickly hit the top of the iTunes and Billboard charts. On February 12th 2017 Kalani Pe'a's debut album "E Walea" won the Grammy® Award for "Best Regional Roots Music Album" and made history by being the first Hawaiian Recording Artist to ever win in the category. On May 20th 2017 Kalani Pe'a's debut album "E Walea" received the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawai’i's version of the Grammys) for "Contemporary Album Of The Year". Pe'a then made history by being the FIRST Hawai’i Recording Artist to ever win a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award & Grammy Award for the same album.