So after this weekend, one gets checked off the list. Off the bucket list that is…

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This past Thursday April 9th I had the honor and privilege of being asked to sing the National Anthem at the Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA game.

Honestly my favorite NBA team (Golden State) vs the team that was my favorite growing up (Blazers…my mom is originally from Oregon).. so it was a very intense game to start with, not to mention these two teams are super duper good! Oh and I can’t leave out that superstar Steph Curry is a BEAST and has a huge chance of being MVP of the whole league this year. This game was to be one of the biggest games so far this season. WTF.

Once I got the news that I was being asked to sing the hardest song in the world for all these people, I began preparing at home for the past month or two for this big day. I sang Oh Say Can You See in the shower, in my car, before bed, while I slept.. I belted the tune to my 17 month old son pretty much the any time we were alone… I kept thinking just how CLOSE i would be standing to all these superstar athletes, and how they and everyone else in the Oracle Arena would HAVE to be listening to me for those 90 seconds.  Like… for real… no distractions, everyone in there is quiet during the National Anthem… Frick Anu, do NOT mess this up.

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Opted for the all-black ensemble. Big shout out to Zane Style House on Oahu with help from Ralph Malani for putting us together. Also aunty Ida of Tiare Teiti for her gift of the black Tahitian pearl necklace when I went to Tahiti last year. My boyfriend told me I look like a grown ass woman… so I guess that was the look I was going for… but then I threw on high top white PF Flyers… omg. lol

So here’s how the day went: Me, my bf, my manager Warren and my bassy Jason arrived to the Oracle Arena a few hours before the game and were greeted by the arena’s liaison. The girl escorted us through back doors to the court side seats where we were told to hang out until sound check. A few players (and maybe they were like the shooting coaches?) were warming up on both sides of the court. Nervous level was about a 4 at this point. Taking the microphone in my hands for sound check, I was worried that the slap back from the echo in the arena would throw me off without like an in-ear monitor or something (which I don’t have). But as I started singing, I realized thank GOD the slap back was not bad at all– it was just a nice echo, making my voice sound more confident and brave than I really felt at the moment!

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We were told to just cruise for a couple hours in those court side seats and watch the players come in and warm up and stuff.  The rest of the arena started filling up with buzzing fans, some VIP and court side, some up in the regular seats. Security was tight, which added to the intense vibe all around me. What was truly amazing was watching Steph Curry just sinking 3 after 3 with a calm confident smile. He would do these miraculous warm up shots in between showing love to all kinds of little kids who were sitting court side for warm ups. Some seemed like they were on a class trip, others perhaps keiki patients in a children’s hospital. Loved seeing the ALOHA that these players had for the kids who showed up early to the game!! Definitely calmed my nerves to see these smiles and good vibes.

As I sporadically  glanced at the big clock on the scoreboard count down from 60 minutes to 30 before tip off… my nervous level would slowly sky rocket to like 8. I went to the bathroom to check myself before I wrecked myself, but still didn’t feel SUPER good about what was going on in the mirror… considering I did my own hair and make up like 3 hours prior. Hashtag #need #blowdryer (Ah the fantasy of a traveling hair/makeup team! *sigh*)  I did what I could with what I had, and clipped the little foam plumeria flower clip I borrowed from the liaison girl behind my left ear, and said a little prayer. I was guided to the back bleacher holding area to hang for a few minutes before go time. This is where I met a military service woman in full uniform.  She told me that she was from Maui, and my dad taught her P.E. at Lokelani Intermediate School back in the 90’s. She remembered me as a little girl, and told me to tell him HI!  That local-girl interaction really helped take that nervous level from 8 back to like 6. And then looking over at the group of keiki hula dancer half-time show kids waving at me from the distance also took the nerves down a notch. It was GO TIME.

They guided me past the Golden State Warriors players all in full warm-up mode on their half of the court, and right on to the center court mark in front of the announcer table. There I stood awkwardly for what seemed like an eternity! Feet sometimes INCHES away from these 6-7 feet tall dudes who are living their DREAM. Looking up in all degrees around me were fans who came to WITNESS these guys living their dream. Maybe it was some people’s dream to even BE at this game. IDK, it was pretty intense and pretty inspiring to be right there. Growing up as a coach’s daughter… instead of ballet I was playing tag under bleachers… I sprained my tail bone slipping on oil trying to scare the assistant coach’s son during a high school game. My two brothers names are Michael and Jordan, named after……. you get the jist. Basketball was a huge part of my upbringing, and here I was standing center court about to sing for some of the best players in the world at the moment. It was kind of a big deal! (sorry lol)!

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I had a job to do. I had to represent me, my family, and HAWAI’I here at Polynesian Heritage Night at the Oracle Arena. I had to represent my country and my state, and had to represent women…I had to represent my son, and my ancestors, and Mauna Kea… and… and….. and… STOP!! I had to stop thinking about allllll that, cause the PRESSURE was gonna ruin me! Just let it go, girl! Let it go, you prepared for this as much as you could, you gotta just get up there and do this the best you can! Just don’t start too high, and don’t go too fast. Take a deep breath….

“Oh Say can you see, by the dawn’s early light……”

Long story short, the announcer said my name right.  I tried super hard to stay “conscious” the whole time and take everything in so I could remember this cray cray moment. I didn’t forget the words (mahalo Jesus!)  and my manger and bf and bassy said I did great and they were proud of me. :)   I heard some CHEE HUUU’S at the end there, and Kaimana said a couple of the players were clapping like pretty hard… so I’ll take all of that as a success! yay!

Bucket List #31:  Sing the National Anthem at a professional game… CHECK!

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Mahalo ke akua!

Aloha always,

Anuhea

Here’s the full behind-the-scenes-experience of it all!

Aloha you guys!

Here’s the article that our friends at ThePier.org wrote about our upcoming summer tour that I’ll be embarking on with the lovely Etana! It’s entitled Queens of the Islands Tour and we’re hitting the entire west coast, Vegas, Arizona and Texas.

http://www.thepier.org/queens-of-the-islands-tour

Kind words from them. Regarding their article, I agree the scene is dominated by all male bands and artists, but I do see that there are lots of AMAZINGLY talented beautiful women also in this genre! Maybe we aren’t getting headline spots as often as the guys are, but I believe we the women CAN be there! I think I’ve learned that girls gotta be down for the responsibilities and pressures that holding a headline spot entails. Same with any band -males or females – we gotta be down to step up to the challenge! Put in the work and experience to get there. This tour: Queens of the Islands was put together by my booking agency, SEG: Sweetwine Entertainment Group, and I couldn’t be more proud of this move! Been blessed to have shared the stage with SO many amazing females in this genre and to look around and watch us all grow is a beautiful thing. Female Artists having great managers and booking agents that hold their artists to high standards and a high regard is so key. Of course the fans continuing to show love to the ladies at live shows will also help make this more even-steven, and will perpetuate these girls into career musicians forever! Thank you for coming to our shows, and mahalo for all the support given to me and ALL the other females in this genre, and to the future up and coming girls in this crazy industry! 

#Girlpower :)

Aloha always,

Anuhea


QUEENS OF THE ISLAND TOUR FEATURING ANUHEA & ETANA

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

Showbox – Seattle, WA.

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Thursday June 4th, 2015

Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR.

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 Saturday June 6th, 2015

The Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA.

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 Sunday June 7th, 2015

Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA.

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Wednesday June 10th, 2015

The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA.

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Thursday June 11th, 2015

The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA.

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Friday June 12th, 2015

Northpark Theater- San Diego, CA.

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 Saturday June 13th

Reggae in the Dessert – Las Vegas, NV.


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 Sunday June 14th

Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ.

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 Monday June 15th

The Rialto Theater – Tuscon, AZ.

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Wednesday June 17th

Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX.

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Thursday June 18th

The Parish – Austin, TX.

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Monday March 9th, 2015

Aloha everyone from rainy Kona Hawai’i!

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We were so blessed with such amazing weather the past few months, but the past couple days have been stormy and freezing! (well… freezing for Hawai’i!) Kinda exciting to buss out the boots if you know what I mean.

Anyway, lots of exciting things going on over here! I’ve been working SUPER hard on finishing up these kickstarter orders for all my faithful backers! I’m pretty much 90% done, and trying to scramble and finish the last few boxes before I head to the mainland, and so that I can continue focusing on writing and recording new MUSIC!

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This Wednesday I’m heading out for a little March Mini-Tour to get that TOUR momentum going.

Friday at the Surf Roots Spring Fling in Torrance, CA, Saturday at Lake Havasu Arizona for the Unity Fest, and Sunday for an all ages rager in Corona for the Spring Kick Off Tour. After that, I head back to Hawai’i to continue RECORDING my album which I’ve been doing since last month.

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So far, I fully finished one song which I’ll be sending out to my Kickstarter backers on Tuesday! And then the radio stations the following week. SO excited to finally have something new finished, and big up’s to Rob Beatz from Maui for getting this awesome cover tune done. There are 2 more original songs in the pipeline to be released next. One is actually a song I co-wrote with one of my Kickstarter Backers as part of their reward! Again, I’m SOOOo excited to share the new stuff with you guys too, and to continue to finish up the other songs in the studio.

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On the TOUR front… there are 2 GIRL POWER type tours that I’m happy to announce today!

First is the Aloha Always Anuhea Mini Tour featuring my girl Tenelle and Luisa Lavulo!

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We’re hitting up Sacramento and Reno, and I’m also doing something SUPER fricking awesome at the Golden State Warriors game on Thursday April 9th. More info on all that, soon!

ALSO…So stoked and honored to be sharing the stage with the beautiful and talented ETANA on the Queens of the Islands Tour that kicks off this summer!

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Working hard and loving life. Feeling blessed and so stoked to be continuing to do all this and I thank you for being into it! Mahalo Ke Akua!

More later!

Aloha always,

Anuhea

PS: ‘Ikena says HI!

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Its about time! I’m so excited to have this new website up and running, but bear with us as we complete all the details.

I’m recording 2 new songs tomorrow! I’ll post some pictures from the studio.

More later!

Aloha always,

Anuhea