I enjoy oldies from the Motown era, The Temptations, The Delphonics, Aretha Franklin, Staple Singers, Natalie Cole, and Diana Ross. I also enjoy the styles of Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Rait, Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Sade, and Lisa Fischer. The Hawaiian music that I grew up listening to on the islands was: Aunty Genoa Keawe, Lena Machado, Marlene Sai, Melveen Leed, Hui O Hana, Uncle Gabby Pahinui, Olomana, and Loyal Garner.
Coming from a large Polynesian family (I am the youngest of fifteen children), music naturally has been a big part of my family traditions and cultural heritage. Singing in the home and at church formed the solid foundation of my passion for music. To date, there are twelve left handed musicians in my immediate and extended ohana. It's pretty cool playing upside down I tell you.
Traditional Hawaiian music is making its way back and surviving against other genres of popular music in its home state of Hawai'i and worldwide. Performing on Pakele Live Show in Honolulu for two shows was a great and humbling experience. To connect with the locals, my ohana at home, it just renewed my spirit and became full circle, felt so honorable for me. Personally my goal is to help preserve and promote music of the Hawaiian people. This intention is a deep and reflective passion that I've come to pursue and delight in.