Photo: Sean Michael Hower, HowerPhoto.com
vocals & ‘ukulele
“She possesses an uncommonly gorgeous voice and holds notes that wrap around a listener like a mother’s embrace.” — Variety
“Paula has an amazing strong voice that is melodic and sweet and paints the picture of island life” – AU Review
Exquisite vocals, powerful lyrics and gorgeous melodies have earned Paula widespread critical praise and an incredibly dedicated fan base. She is complex, intelligent and real, her songwriting and performances filled with depth and passion. It is almost impossible to peg her into one genre — with a beautiful disposition, sweet island vibes and Jawaiian roots reggae in the mix, her music has been called modern Hawaiian soul. She is praised for her deep intensity and emotion with a personal style that is widely appealing, endearing audiences to her around the world.
Her first release Lilikoi earned her the Na Hoku Award (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) for Most Promising Artist of the Year in 2007. A blend of tradition and evolution, her music features soul and jazz–infused lyrics, seamlessly mixing English and Hawaiian languages, supported by traditional Hawaiian instruments like the nose flute and ‘ukulele, and an engaging voice that makes immediate connection with audiences.
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, and blossomed into a songwriter when she began playing ‘ukulele in high school. She is one of four performers in Hawai‘i (with Jake Shimabukuro, John Cruz, and Alfre Woodard) in the Turnaround Arts program of the Hawaii Arts Alliance in partnership with Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
She has toured extensively with Jack Johnson, and recorded with reggae royalty Ziggy Marley – both are featured on her second release Misery’s End. 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. Says Paula: “We want to take Hawaii to the world, show the aloha spirit to the world, loving and welcoming and inviting. We’re all connected by one ocean, even though it has many names, we’re all on this one earth.”
Sun, Mar 24, 2019, Waikiki Aquarium 115th Anniversary, Honolulu HI
6:00 – 9:00 Event, Paula set time TBD
Sat, Mar 30, 2019, Arts for ‘Aikahi Festival, ‘Aikahi Elementary Field, Kailua HI
3:00 Festival Opens, 7:00 Paula
Sat, June 8, 2019, Waialua HI
Past Tours Dates
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, East-West Center, Honolulu HI
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Wed, Mar 15, 2017, Grand Opening – Hilton Grand Vacations, Honolulu HI
Sat, May 6, 2017, Makapu’u Twilight Concert Series, Sea Life Park, Waimanalo HI
Sat, Apr 26, 2017, Cutting Room, New York City, NY
Fri, Sept 8, 2017, Shangri-La Fest, Harmony Park, Clarks Grove MN
Sat, Sept 23, 2017, Kaua’i Humane Society Benefit, Kaua’i Marriott Resort, Lihue HI
Country Road (with Jack Johnson)