Kahului, Maui, HI – August 11, 2017 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center announces the
performance of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner, Paula Fuga, on Saturday, August 19,
2017 at 6pm.
QKC brings this live performance to the Maui community in its ongoing commitment to the
Hawaiian culture and creating local traditions for generations. Paula uses her amazing talent
as an instrument to help bring about positive social change.. As Paula says, “Music is my first
love. Love is my first language”.
“We are so very delighted to bring Paula back to the QKC stage. Her spellbinding vocals and
soulful melodies captivate audiences”, says Toni Rojas, Marketing Director. “Make sure you
bring the entire ‘ohana. This is a concert you won’t want to miss!”, says Rojas.
Limited seating will be available from 4pm on a first-come, first-served basis. No personal
chairs or reserved seating permitted. Food and beverage available at the QKC food court
For more information visit queenkaahumanucenter.com.
About Paula Fuga
Praised for her spellbinding vocals and ability to stir the deepest emotions with her soulful
melodies, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most sought-after live
Born in Louisiana where her father was stationed in the Army, she grew up in Hawai‘i, her
mom Native Hawaiian, French, English, Filipino, Chinese, and Puerto Rican, her dad
Samoan and Chinese. As she notes, “In Hawaii every nationality counts.” At an early age,
she faced the vulnerabilities of living homeless on the beaches of Hawai‘i, seeing the
destruction caused by drugs and violence. Fuga began with poetry as a platform to express
her experiences. She blossomed into a songwriter when she began playing ‘ukulele in high
Invited to audition for American Idol in 2004, she did not make the cut but was then asked to
come to Hollywood to participate in a show of other “rejects” (whose successes outnumber
those of the American Idols). It was there she met her future business partner Spencer
Toyama who helped produce her first CD, Lilikoi, which garnered her the Nā Hōkū Hanohano
Award for Most Promising Artist in 2007.
She has toured extensively with Jack Johnson, and recorded with reggae royalty Ziggy
Marley – both are featured on her second release Misery’s End – and she headlined the
Alma Surf Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Today, Paula dedicates much of herself inspiring the
youth across the world, sharing her story of perseverance and hope. She is an artist on a
mission and music is her vehicle.
She is a regular at Hawai’i Poetry Slams, educational interpreter at Bishop Museum and
active member of Hawaii’s cultural community. She is a rising star who has been likened to a
Hawaiian Lauryn Hill, and endorsed as a fresh sound by established artists like Jack
Johnson, Jason Mraz, and Nick Hexum of band 311. Her performance at Jack Johnson’s
2006 Kokua Festival was magnetic, captivating audiences. She recently recorded a song
she wrote with Jack Johnson called “Country Road” for the Mana Maoli CD collaboration,
which benefits Native Hawaiian public charter schools.
Paula plays music for a culture, spreading the thoughtful and evocative voice of the Hawaiian
people across the world. Not content to be merely a respected artist, Paula has taken on the
mantle of cultural ambassador—using her talent as an instrument to help bring about positive
social change within her islands and beyond.