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Introducing Kamaka Fernandez
Winner of 2003 Richard Hoopii Falsetto Contest

Select the video clip below to see and hear Maui's African American falsetto singer Kamaka Fernandez performing with Aunty Genoa Keawe under the monkeypod tree in Maui's historic Wailuku Town.




In 2003 Kamaka Fernandez finished in first place at the Aloha Festivals Richard Hoopii Falsetto Singing Contest on the Island of Maui. In March of 2008 he will release his first solo album on the Kealaokala Records label.

Facts About Kamaka Fernandez
  • Full Name: Ryan Kamakakehau Fernandez
  • Winner of 2003 Richard Hoopii Falsetto Contest
  • Born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Adopted as a baby by Robyn Naeole and brought to Maui
  • Raised by Robyn and her brother Clifford Naeole
  • They raised him with Hawaiian traditions and culture
  • He attended a Hawaiian language immersion program
  • Is fluent in the Hawaiian Language
  • Plays a Ken Potts ukulele
  • Teaches hula at a Senior Citizens Center in Wailuku Maui
  • Releasing his first solo CD in march of 2008
  • Wrote 10 of the 12 songs on the album
  • Learned to sing by imitating Richard Hoopii and Genoa Keawe
  • Records on Kealaokala Records

    Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Winners, Vol 5
    Of the twelve songs on this album, four are performed by contest winner Kamaka Fernandez. The album is no longer available at Amazon.com but if you search the Web you can probably find it. The songs on this album by Kamaka Fernandez are:
  • Haleakala Hula
  • Hanahano Olinda
  • He Ui
  • Puamana

    Maui's Mystery Music Man
    This February 2008 article on the Web site of KGMB-9 TV announced that Kamaka Fernandez will release his first solo CD in March of 2008.

    DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT KAMAKA FERNANDEZ:
    Kamakakehau: The Precious Gift
    Bamboo Tree Productions produced this documentary about young African American Kamaka Fernandez who was born in Little Rock Arkansas and grew up in the islands, immersed in Hawaiian culture. He became one of the most promising Hawaiian style falsetto singers, This was one of the films featured at the June 15=19, 2005 Maui Film Festival in Wailea.
  • DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER: Wayne Middleton
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Charles Nalepa
  • CAMERAMAN: Louis di Liberto
  • EDITOR: Benno Nelson
  • CAST: Richard Hoopii, Kamaka Fernandez,
  • CAST: Clifford Naeole, Robyn Naeole, Alakai Paleka
  • Bamboo Productions Film Trailer
  • Maui Film Festival Film Profile

    See also:
  • Other Hawaiian Falsetto Singers
  • Hawaiian Music Artists A to Z



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    Elsewhere on the Web
    Kamaka Fernandez MySpace Page





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