Kumukahi is a true artist of Hawaiian music. From her family comes
deeply rooted traditions, knowledge, and values, which she presents
with the voice that has made her known throughout the State of
Hawai'i, the continental United States and abroad. Ku'uipo is "The
Sweetheart of Hawaiian music."
has premiered in notable concerts and special events across the state,
the nation and abroad. Ku'uipo has appeared in special performances
such as: the Aloha Festivals; the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival; the
Mokihana Festival and the Waiki'i Music Festival. Other prestigious
concerts include the Na Wahine O Hawai'i Concert featuring select
female artists, the Bank of Hawai'i Ki Ho'alu (slack key) Concert
featuring select slack key players, the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame
Concert, and the Honolulu Festival.
regularly appears on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Sheraton Waikiki
Hotel and on Fridays at Duke's at the Outrigger Hotel Waikiki On The
first effort as a musical artist earned her a single nomination
in the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (the "Grammy's" of
Hawaiian music) and named her the most promising new artist. Her
solo premiere recording gave her 9 nominations and an astounding
five awards which included the Female Vocalist of the Year and
Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year. Her second album, after
a four-year rest, earned her 3 nominations and an award for the
excellence use of the Hawaiian language in a musical composition.
In 1999, the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts nominated Ku'uipo
as Female Vocalist of the Year. That year, Ku'uipo obtained the
Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year by the Hawaii Music Awards.
is a self-taught musician influenced by family songs, Hawaiian singers
and her parents. She learned to play the 'ukulele at a young age and
through encouragement learned to play the guitar and bass. Formal
music training occurred later when she privately studied voice lessons.
Her musical education also continued in college.
from performing Hawaiian music, Ku'uipo managed the Diamond Head Center
for the Association for Retarded Citizens of Hawai'i in 1994, where
she worked with persons with mental illness and mental retardation.
In 1995, Ku'uipo decided to pursue her college degree. She completed
her necessary classes with a focus in music, Hawaiian language, and
education. Ku'uipo received her Associates of Arts degree from Kapi'olani
Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary
Education from Chaminade University. She intends to continue her studies
in pursuit of a Master's Degree.
being a student and performer of Hawaiian music, Ku'uipo also conducts
lectures for administrators of the Department of Education on topics
such as "the values of a Hawaiian family." She has also
guest lectured for the Kamehameha Schools' post-high scholarship
recipients focusing on the value of Ho'omakaukau (to be prepared).
an entrepreneur, Ku'uipo, along with two business partners, created
a new Hawaiian Heritage and Culture learning center. In addition,
she has created her own recording label and production and performance
company. Ku'uipo Kumukahi's mission is to produce, preserve, perpetuate
and promote quality in Hawaiian music as well as the music of Hawai'i
and its performance, which includes the use of Hawaiian language,
and the use of artistry, mannerism and values that are unique to Hawaiian
music and hula.