I grew up in Haiku-Pauwela at a special time. Everyone knew everyone else, Hana Highway had minutes long intervals between cars, most of us walked to school—convincing truck drivers to honk their horns as they passed, clouds of pineapple scented exhaust in their wake.
The third oldest of nine kids, I attended Haiku Elementary School, where I learned to read music and performed in my first talent show, thus setting the stage (no pun intended) for my professional singing and Voice coaching career. I attended Kalama Intermediate as part of its inaugural 7-8th grade classes and graduated from St. Anthony High School. My siblings include a First Responder, Mechanical Engineer, two Educators with Masters degrees, multiple Small Business Owners, a Park Ranger, and Community Volunteers. I myself am a long time volunteer at Haiku School, former Co-VP of their PTA and Music Teacher at several Upcountry schools.
My childhood was filled with bike rides to Pauwela Lighthouse, never able to resist the deepest orange pineapples ripening in the fields. We’d stash our bikes in the bushes, scale down the cliff, explore the caves and swim in the tide pools, forearms stinging from our hard won harvest.
I attended Scripps College in Claremont, CA., focusing on Music, Black Studies and Psychology and became certified as a Literacy Tutor.
I returned to Maui not long after my father’s tragic death, working as a Home/Hospital Instructor—hired through the Department of Education. Partnering with Maui Youth and Family Services, my students were troubled youth, many of them runaways and drug addicts trying to escape traumatic upbringings.
A professional singer since the age of 14–performing throughout the islands and in Los Angeles—I was hired as a lead vocalist and original cast member of Maui Theatre’s award winning show, ‘Ulalena. It was a true honor to be immersed in—and lend my voice to—the myths, legends and history of Hawai’i’s people.
Over my ten year run, I had three children, Ben Isaiah, Julian and Ella and performed throughout each pregnancy. All of my children were born in Pauwela, in the house I grew up in, with my mother as midwife and Auntie Kadi Mourningstar assisting.
Homebirth was a huge part of my upbringing; fielding calls for my mom, answering the door at all hours for laboring women, listening to babies’ first cries coming from our bathroom, side room or The Gazebo. My mother brought me into the realm of Birth Keeper/Assistant. I assisted her and others with over two dozen births, most of them at home.
I specialize in listening. In nurturing and supporting those in need. In speaking up for the greater good of the community now, and the one I was lucky enough to grow up in.
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