One of Hawaii’s most popular artists, Kuana Torres Kahele is a composer, musician, dancer, educator and cultural ambassador from Hilo, Hawaii. Kuana creates and performs traditional Hawaiian music and dance. He possesses a commanding tenor singing voice with a velvety falsetto, and as a multi-instrumentalist, he performs with ukulele, guitar, ipu and bass.
Kuana gained worldwide notoriety in June 2015, starring as both the narrator and male lead, “Uku”, a lovesick volcano in Disney Pixar’s hit movie, Lava. Kuana’s theme song from Lava debuted at #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart and remained there for several months.
Kuana brings a unique style of high energy Hawaiian music to his live shows, incorporating both guitar and ukulele into the performance. Although he is known for his musicianship in his solo career and with his group, Na Palapalai, Kuana’s true contribution to Hawaiian culture and American music may be in his songwriting abilities. Fresh from completing his project of original music honoring the Hawaiian Islands, Kuana composed nearly one hundred songs included in seven CD’s intended to breath new life into both Hula and Hawaiian language. Kuana teaches that Hawaiian music is not truly realized until it is brought to life through hula. His show is bound to inspire and invigorate concert goers.