KoAloha Ukulele is a client of mine and through the years, they’ve turned into a second family. One of the best parts of my job with them is to help keep an eye out for musicians who would be a good fit for our Artist Partner program. One day, Alan Okami of KoAloha, and Pali Ka’aihue, one of our artist partners, shared a link that they saw online of a “little girl” named Kawehi. Turns out this “little girl” is a young 20-something year old, married for seven years, hard core musician in boots. I tracked her down, well- literally stalked her, and finally connected via email. During a business trip to LA, I located her performing at Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade and found her to be so charming and humble. Her style of music is very unique (she created some songs with a looping pedal and in one album, composes and recreates tunes with toy instruments) as well carries a magnetic on-stage presence. I’m always proud to meet nice folks like her who have moved away from home in order to further their career. In Kawehi’s case, you can take the girl out of the islands, but you can’t take the islands out of the girl.
From L to R: Albert, Brian, and Kawehi, checking out various ukulele models in the KoAloha Ukulele shop in Kalihi, O’ahu.