I get emotional pretty easily. I blame my dad, and for all the best reasons. He is both strict, and a sweet heart. A hard ass and a total softy. My dad is a coach, and I was pretty much raised in a gym. Scars on my shins and back reflect the hours upon hours that I played under the bleachers. With my brother and the other young kids, we would run around the gym while my dad coached basketball to middle and high school teams, (most of which ended up Maui champions at one season or another). Stories of sports glory, movies of underdog teams with hearts of gold who overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams– those are the ones that tug at my heart strings. I cry watching championships, I tear up at sports commercials, I celebrate with those who have won in some way, maybe not taking the gold, but all things considered, they know in their hearts, they have WON.

A couple years ago, I watched an ESPN “SC Feature” (kind of like ESPN’s 30 for 30 series) called “Carry On”. You may have seen it, it took place in a town near Cleveland Ohio and follows two friends Leroy and Dartanyan. When Leroy was a child walking to school one day, his backpack was caught on a slow moving freight train and pulled his legs under, crushing them. He became a double amputee. Dartanyan, a strapping athlete, has a condition which is slowly causing blindness.  They found strength and camaraderie in each other, and in the sport of wrestling at their high school. Their brotherhood was undeniable, and their strive to persevere despite their conditions was beyond inspirational. Dartanyan would literally pick up Leroy and carry him around school, on and off the mat, from his wheel chair and into the bleachers… The blind boy was carrying around the boy with no legs, and the boy with no legs was leading the boy who couldn’t see. It was such an inspiring story to me, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days.

After hearing a sweet little guitar groove sent to me by my bass player Jason, I felt the tingle of inspiration to write a song.  As words and melodies started blurting out of my mouth, thoughts of the story of Leroy and Dartanyan kept creeping through. “You can close your eyes, and put your hands on my shoulders.” “Carry on with your day to days, you got a friend in me so keep being amaze”. “I will have your back no matter what.”

I had wanted to write a song about FRIENDSHIP for awhile. Something light hearted and fun, but also just expressing without a doubt that I have your back no matter WHAT. Even if you lose your legs, even if you go blind, even if you’re WRONG, I won’t give up on you. I will have your back no matter what.

Put all this together, and you get the story behind “Shoulders”. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Share it with your friends and tell them how much they mean to you!

Aloha always,




PS: Here’s the lyrics of the song



Written by Anuhea Jenkins

Music by Jason Tupuola Aiono

Acoustic Guitar: Anuhea Jenkins

All Production: Rob Tsuhako

Verse 1:

This world is crazy, that’s for sure

We all need a place just to feel secure

I want to give you open arms to run ….. I’ll do

Everything I can cause I do know what’s up

I’ll be on your side no matter what


When all the seats are taken

You can sit with me

The team’s all full, well

We can start our own league

Cause I know you would do it for me

You can close your eyes…

And put your hands

On my shoulders

Verse 2: 

I would pour half my cup right into yours

Give you my slipper when we’re cruising outdoors

I’ll pay your tab if you forgot

Drive you home if you cannot

I’ll brighten up your darkest night

Fight for you when you’re not right

I will have your back no matter what


Rap/ Verse 3

Every day.. I feel I feel you deep, our vibes are more alive

In every way… you’re my best friend all my tomorrow’s are yours so

Carry on with your day to days, you got a friend in me so keep being amaze

I’ll be right here from now until we’re older

Shush relax and put your hands on my shoulders

With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii’s #1 female artist.  Rylee Anuheake’alaokalokelani Jenkins (Anuhea) was born in December 1985 on the island of Maui. She is of German, Hawaiian, Welsh, Chinese and Native American (Cherokee) decent.
A self-taught guitarist and song writer, Anuhea began showcasing her talents while boarding at Hawaii’s famous Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu. “We would print out guitar chords to Bob Marley and Jack Johnson songs at school then skip water polo practice to go back to the dorms and jam them. Once I got the basic idea of guitar I then started writing my own songs.” Anuhea enjoyed the spotlight. She was the head anchor for the daily campus-wide news, hosted a variety of TV shows for local television stations, and acted in school musicals. Fluent in Hawaiian Anuhea is proud of her island roots and plans to honoring her heritage by utilizing her growing fame for the good of her land and people.
photo by Darryl Milana
After attending film school in Orange County for a year, Anuhea realized she wasn’t heading in the direction she was most passionate about, music. So she abandoned her scholarships and embarked on a soul-searching odyssey to Australia. She returned to the islands and immediately got into the scene, performing at a local coffee shop. These gigs turned into paid restaurant gigs and she eventually put a band together using friends from around the island.
In 2006 Anuhea competed for a crown in the Miss Maui Scholarship Pageant, the preliminary to the Miss Hawaii and Miss America Pageants. Not the pageant-girl cliche by any means, Anuhea embraced the challenge of the pageant and performed an original song “I Just Want You Around” for the talent portion of the competition. She walked away with a trophy for Miss Congeniality and 2nd Runner Up. “I thrive off of challenges. I had hit a point where I was pretty stagnant, and I had some student loans I really wanted to pay off. Plus you see pageants on TV as a kid, and I just always wanted to try to be that girly girl for once in my life.”
Anuhea’s musical and performance skills continued to improved with every performance, and successes came steadily and deservedly. She took the initiative to market herself as a musician initially acting as her own manager, booking agent, music producer and distributor. Anuhea even took recordings from a live taping for a public radio station and turned them into her first real demo CD “Rough Cuts” which through her myspace page got her discovered by manager / record label co-owner Warren Wyatt.
Photo by Cheryl Andaya
A naturally gifted songwriter, Anuhea’s word choices are a clever balance of emotions where each song tells a unique story, each story a lesson learned.”I’m influenced highly by R&B and Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, but my instrument is acoustic guitar. I tend to write most of my songs during the craziest parts of my life. I’ll write pages and pages in my notebook in no order then go back with my guitar in my hands and sing the words as lyrics to some chords. That’s how most songs start for me.” Anuhea wants to be a part of a new generation melding the melodic traditions of her island upbringing with modern beats and influences.
Photo by Angelina Hills
Music has been in Anuhea’s family for generations, so it was inevitable that her seeded passions would reflect the same. Anuhea’s father is from the North Shore of Oahu in the surfing culture of Haleiwa. His younger sister, Nalani is a founding member of the most popular female group in the history of Hawaiian Music, Na Leo Pilimehana. Anuhea’s mother, an Oregon native, comes from a musical family as well, her father is a country guitarist.
She is currently writing and recording new music, and has already released two new singles under Mailboat Records, “Sweet Thing” (a cover of Chaka Kahn’s 1975 original), and “Island Inside Me”, an original written with a Kickstarter Backer Brian Fielkow.  She plans to release a full EP of new music in 2015, followed by a Christmas EP later this year.
The future is bright for this Maui songbird. Anuhea’s determination, passion, optimism and raw talent are the foundations for the success that is to come. “I just feel lucky that I’ve found my dream and am able to pursue it… My main goal as a music-maker is to help people find theirs, whatever it may be.”
Anuhea Pink
photo by Angelina Hills

  • Anuhea sang the National Anthem at the Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trailblazers NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
  • Her debut album “Anuhea” released in April of 2009. It shot to #7 on the iTunes Pop Charts, #4 on R&B, and #3 on the World/Reggae Billboard Charts. She went on to win 2 prestigious Hawaiian “Na Hoku Hanohano Awards” for Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist for that album. Her song “Right Love, Wrong Time” was featured as an iTunes Discovery Download and is featured on the iTunes 9 video tutorial.
  • Her second release “For Love” was self-funded by her fans on Kickstarter in 2012. It showed the truth behind the commitment her fans have for her, and the excitement they had for anything new she was releasing. That album became Hawaiʻiʻs #1 album, and had numerous radio hits in the islands and in the Pacific. For Love was also nominated for 3 Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
  • Anuhea’s third album “Butterflies: Anuhea Live” was released on September 17th, 2013 through Mailboat Records, a record label started by Jimmy Buffett.
  • She and her band have toured Japan and Guam with the Armed Forces Entertainment Tour for the troops and their families.
  • She had official showcases at South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin Texas in 2009 and 2010 and 2013.
  • She has performed as the headline act of the 2011 NFL ProBowl Halftime show at the Aloha Stadium.
  • In April 2010 Anuhea performed alongside Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley & Taj Mahal at the sold out Kokua Festival at the Waikiki Shell.  

  • Anuhea headlined the national 2010 Right Love Tour, and the 2010 Surf Roots Tour along with iTunes #1 reggae album recipients, The Green, toured across the country with reggae artist Mishka for the Love and Roots Tour,  and headlined her own tours in 2013 from coast to coast. Touring throughout the US steadily for the past few years, Anuhea and her band have played with countless amazing bands and artists. Al Green, Babyface, Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley and SOJA to name a few. 
  • Anuhea has met and performed for his holiness, the Dalai Lama.

Anuhea Dalai Lama

  • In fall 2013, the ever-working Anuhea surprised her fans with the birth of her first child, ‘Ikena Jack. She and her fiance Kaimana and their son currently live on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Anuhea Ikena

  • Anuhea has also been featured on SOJAʻs Grammy Nominated album “Amid the Noise and Haste” on a song entitled “Easier” alongside reggae star JBoog. 

Basic Wikipedia bio:

Rylee Anuheakeʻalaokalokelani Jenkins (born December 10, 1985), but always known as Anuhea, is a Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised on the island of Maui, she is of CaucasianHawaiian, Chinese and Native American decent.  Her debut album Anuhea was released on April 21, 2009. Her second album, For Love, was released on February 14, 2012. Her third album Butterflies: Anuhea Live was released on September 17th, 2013 through Mailboat Records, a record label started by Jimmy Buffett. She is currently writing and recording new music, and has currently released two new singles under Mailboat Records, “Sweet Thing” (a cover of Chaka Kahn’s 1975 original), and “Island Inside Me”, an original written with a Kickstarter Backer Brian Fielkow.  She plans to release a full EP of new music in 2015, followed by a Christmas EP in 2015 as well.

Anuhea performed with SOJA, Cas Haley, Jack JohnsonZiggy MarleyTaj Mahal and Jake Shimabukuro at the 2010 Kokua Festival in Honolulu, HI.[3]

On June 14, 2009, Anuhea’s guitars and laptop were stolen from her vehicle while surfing in Waikiki. Both guitars and laptop were later recovered at a pawn shop due to an anonymous tip.[4]

On May 30, 2010 Anuhea won her first 2 Na Hoku Hanohano awards for Most Promising Artist and Contemporary Album of the Year.[5]

Anuhea graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 2003.[6] Upon graduation she attended Chapman University in Orange County, California, but left college to pursue her career as a musician.

Aloha everyone! Anuhea here:

Feeling compelled to do a little behind-the-music with this new song we just released!

“Island Inside Me” is a song I wrote in collaboration with a Kickstarter Backer named Brian from Texas. Brian has always had a love for Hawai’i and the islands and we wanted to tell a little story, almost county-music-style about a person who lives on the mainland yet LONGS to be in the islands. After pinching all their pennies they finally make it to the islands, and its perfect. After they have to leave and go home to their cold, snowy reality, they realize that the island has always been in their hearts. That ALOHA was always there. I dedicate this song to the people and the beauty of Hawai’i that creates that Aloha spirit that everyone experiences, and I also dedicate this song to everyone who DOESN’T get to live in Hawai’i or experience the islands as much as they want. Once you’re touched by ALOHA, its always gonna be inside you.

“Everywhere I go and everything I see, you’re helping me to find the Island Inside Me”. Big mahalo to Brian Fielkow for our Skype songwriting sessions, to Jason for help with the music, and to Noah Cronin of Sea Major Seven for laying down the basics, and then Rob Tsuhako of Maui for putting the cherries on top. Also big up’s to Jimmy Buffett and Mailboat Records! Looking forward to making more music for everyone!



Pick it up on iTunes now! YAY!  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/island-inside-me-single/id1020413754



Island Inside Me
By Anuhea Jenkins & Brian Fielkow 
Music by Anuhea Jenkins & Jason Tupuola Aiono
Verse 1 – Bm G A
Looking to the sun for energy
Looking to the moon to put me back to sleep
Working hard day after day wondering
Thinking out loud “is there something more to see?”
Pre-Chorus – G A
Day by day by dollar by day
I’m pinching all my pennies just to find an escape
White sands blue sea palm trees and breeze
I’m not quite there but I can feel in me
Chorus –D G A
HEY It’s 20 below but I’m warm you know
HEY Clear skies above even if there’s snow
HEY Dreams come true and I can promise you
Everywhere I go in everything I see
You’re helping me to find the Island Inside Me
La da.. da da da
Verse 2 – Bm G A
Here in the islands and its everything I dreamed
Sitting on this slow boat here on top the crystal sea
The moon creates dancing lights on the water top tonight
Your love of life shines so bright
Pre-Chorus – G  A
White sands blue sea palm trees and breeze
I see it all around and I can feel in me
HEY It might be 20 below but I’m warm you know
HEY Clear skies above even if there’s snow
HEY Dreams come true and I can promise you
Everywhere I go in everything I see
You’re helping me find the Island Inside Me
La da.. da da da
Bm G Bm A(hold) 
Party’s over, back on the grind
Sitting all alone only to find
The island has always been inside 
HEY We might be gone but let’s sing the song
HEY Our love will always keep us warm
HEY My dreams came true and I can promise you
Everywhere we go in everything we see
I’ll always find the island inside me
La da.. da da da
Play all day, jam all night
Twinkling stars are dancing lights 
Your beautiful smile keeps shining bright
You’re peaceful soul is my paradise

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


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.

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!




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)!



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!



Mahalo ke akua!

Aloha always,


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.


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,



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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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,


PS: ‘Ikena says HI!


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,