Kona was born and raised in Waimanalo, Hawaii. A place where music is a way of life. Growing up in his grandfather’s church, Kona was blessed with the love of music. He’s the youngest of seven, born into a family who not only embraced music but also love to play it. With his cousins Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Melvin Amina from 3 scoops of Aloha (well known Hawaiian recording artists) jamming at the beach with friends and family, the smell of food on the grill, keikis(children) running around and everybody’s playing music backyard style, you’ll find Kona right in the middle of it all soaking in the atmosphere.
Kona started out as a drummer for a succussful local group in Hawaii called “Tropical Knights” at the age of 13. Recorded 3 albums, performing all over the Hawaiian islands as well as the mainland.Through out the years with the group, Kona has discovered his passion for other instruments besides the drums and has become an accomplished guitar, ukulele, keyboard and bass player, as well as his love for singing and writing music.
On his debut album “Changed” (2005), he ventured out to Las Vegas to produce it. His latest "Na Hoku Hanohano Award" winning album "Acousti-me", winner for best "Rock Album of the Year", Kona and his songs will definitely leave you wanting more, it'll grab your attention as soon as his music hits your ears. Kona performed all of the instruments and vocals on both cd's. His songs are lyricly & musicaly melodic, gives off a feel good vibe, honest, addictive, very organic, poetic, and for all who enjoy music.
With Kona's new release "Acousti-me", Kona branched out even further and produced, engineered, mixed & mastered the new album in Hawaii.
He built his own recording studio and started his own record label "Linekona Records."
Already with 25 years in the music industry, Hawaii born, singer songwriter Kona, with his Hawaiian roots alive and well in his heart and soul, through his original songs and unique sound, will show the people he loves the most in his home state of Hawai’i, and around the world, his god given talents and diverse style of music...Aloha!