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COURTESY DAPHNE SANCHEZ
On the Scene with musician Daphne Sanchez

Born and raised on Kauai, Daphne Sanchez met entertainment industry veteran Art Umezu when she was 15. She was competing in a talent contest on Kauai; he was one of the judges. Read more

COURTESY WAIEHU RFCORDS
                                Lukela Keala, 42, celebrated another career first in December when he released his eponymous, full-length solo album of mainstream Hawaiian music.
On the Scene with musician Lukela Keala

Lukela Keala was born in Wailuku. He grew up in Kapuna Valley in Maui’s Waihee area, graduated from Baldwin High School, and went straight into music. Read more

COURTESY KALIKO MA‘I‘I
                                “Hawaiian Soul” received two awards — best made in Hawaii short and the audience award for best short film — at the 40th annual Hawai’i International Film Festival in November.
On the Scene with ‘Hawaiian Soul’ producer Kaliko Ma‘i‘i

Kaliko Ma‘i‘i was born and raised in Honolulu. He graduated from Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Anuenue, a Hawaiian immersion school in Palolo, and continued his formal education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy of Creative Media. Read more

COURTESY TWAN MATTHEWS
On the scene with Twan Matthews

Hawaii has been Twan Matthews’ home since he was 13. He graduated from Radford High School and later studied theater at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read more

Georja Skinner is the chief officer of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division and the founder of its Creative Lab Hawaii program.
On the Scene with Georja Skinner

Twenty-six years later, Skinner, 68, is the chief officer of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division and the founder of its Creative Lab Hawaii program. Read more

Courtesy Jake Shimabukuro
On the Scene with Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro began playing the ukulele when he was 4. His first teacher was his mother. Several years later he took lessons at Roy Sakuma’s ukulele studio in Kaimuki. Read more

COURTESY HENRY KAPONO
                                Henry Kapono.
On the Scene with Henry Kapono

Just last weekend, the multi-Hoku Award-winning artist resumed his 27-year Sunday afternoon engagement at Duke’s Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Read more

COURTESY HAWAII’S FINEST
                                Chauncy Bermodez.
On the Scene: Chauncy Bermodez

Sixteen years later, Bermodez, 42, and the father of five, returned full force as a solo recording artist on Tuesday when Revive The Live released his new download-only single, “This Place We Call Home.” Read more

COURTESY SAMANTHA NEYLAND
On the Scene: Samantha Neyland

Samantha Neyland was born while her father was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. She’d lived in several states, and in Spain and Japan, by the time her dad was transferred to Hawaii. Read more

COURTESY DEAN TABA
On the Scene: Hawaii musician Dean Taba

Dean Taba was committed to the French horn until the McKinley High School music program started an after-school big band. The band couldn’t use a French horn but needed someone to play bass. Read more

COURTESY EDEN LEE MURRAY
                                Eden Lee Murray starred as Falstaff in the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival’s virtual production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
On the scene with Eden Lee Murray

Eden Lee Murray grew up in Kansas City, Mo., watching her mother perform with the Community Childrens Theatre. Murray was 4 when her mother asked her to pull the curtain open to start a performance. Read more

COURTESY CBS
                                Amy Hill
On the scene with Amy Hill of ‘Magnum P.I.’

Amy Hill was born in South Dakota, graduated from high school in Seattle, and established herself as a stage actor with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. Television audiences discovered her in 1994 when she played Grandma Kim in Margaret Cho’s landmark sitcom, “All-American Girl.” Hill has worked steadily in television and film ever since. Read more

COURTESY MAGNOLIA BASOC
                                Magnolia Basoc graduated from McKinley in May. She was awarded the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i Foundation’s 2019-2020 Scholarship two months later.
On the scene with Magnolia Basoc

Magnolia Basoc was 12, the youngest of three sisters, when her parents — Adelfa and Nicomedes Basoc — moved their family of five from Davao City in the southern Philippines to live in a single rented room in her uncle’s house in Honolulu. Read more

COURTESY KIMO KEAULANA
                                Frank E.K. Damas, Aletha “Puna” Goodwin Kaohi, Kimo Alama Keaulana and Mamo Wassman performed at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Church in October 2018.
On the scene with Kimo Keaulana

Kimo Alana Keaulana grew up in Honolulu speaking Hawaiian at a time when most Native Hawaiians outside Niihau only spoke English. Read more


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