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About Maunalua

Maunalua is a Hawaiian music trio with a unique sound featuring falsetto voices, slack key guitar, and beautifully blended harmonies. Their sound includes components of traditional Hawaiian music and contemporary island style music that pleases fans of both.


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The above picture of Maunalua's Kahi Kaonohi, Bobby Moderow, Jr., and Richard Gideon was taken at Duke's Waikiki Barefoot Bar, a beachfront bar and Hawaiian music venue in the Outrigger Wakiki Hotel. Maunalua can often be seen performing there in the late afternoon on Friday.

Facts About Maunalua
  • Founder Bobby Moderow, Jr. studied slack key guitar with the legendary Ray Kane and he performed at Roy's in Hawaii Kai for more then 12 years before he formed the group Maunalua in 1993.
  • Original band members were Bobby Moderow, Jr, Kahi Kaonohi, and Bruce Spencer, When Bruce left the group in 2009 Richard Gideon joined the group.
  • The group and their three albums have received multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards including favorite entertainer, two group of the year awards, and a best traditional album award.

    Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winning Albums by Maunalua
  • 2000: Maunalua (traditional album of the year)
  • 2003: Kuleana (group of the year and favorite entertainer)
  • 2007: Hookanaka (group of the year)
  • More Information: Na Hoku Hanohano Awards since 1978

    Articles About Maunalua
  • 2009 July Singer Brings New Sound to Maunalua (Star Bulletin)
  • 2007 Oct: Hookanaka Preview and Maunalua Interview (MidWeek)
  • 2004 June: Maunalua Magic: Enjoying the Ride (Star Bulletin)

    Maunalua Web Sites
  • Munalua.com - Official Maunalua Web Site
  • Japanese Maunalua Fan Site and Blog

    See also:
  • More Photos of Hawaiian Music Artists
  • Hawaiian Music Artists by Name



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