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 cousin Israel Kamakawiwo'ole(a well known Hawaiian recording artist) 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 island, outer islands, Seattle, Las Vegas, Guam, and California.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 project “Changed” and now his brand new album "Acousti-me", Kona and his unique and refreshing voice along with 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 guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and vocals on both cd's "Acousti-me" & "Changed". Kona and his songs are lyricly & musicaly melodic, 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.
He built his own recording studio, started his own label "Linekona Records llc", produces jingles for various clients including Power 104.3 and Fm 100.3 (Coxradio stations Hawaii), and produces other musicians as well.
With 20 years in the music industry, singer/ songwriter Kona, with his Hawaiian roots alive and well in his heart and soul, through his original songs, his voice, and his unique sound will show the place and 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...