Praised for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most respected live performers.
At an early age, she faced the vulnerabilities of living homeless on the beach and seeing the destruction of drugs and violence. Despite having overcome such adversity quite successfully, she is living her career with much gratitude and humility. Fuga relentlessly strives to inspire youth across the world, sharing her story of perseverance and hope. She makes countless efforts to participate in various community projects focusing on protecting the environment and spreading the fundamental values of her native Hawaiian culture. Fuga is an artist on a mission, and music is her vehicle.
Starting off as a poet, she bloomed into a songwriter when she began playing the ukulele in high school, studying under master instructor Roy Sakuma. Upon the release of her debut album, Lilikoi, Fuga was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist.
Since the release of her EP Misery’s End, which featured guest appearances by Ziggy Marley and Jack Johnson, she has headlined the Alma Surf Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and performed with Jack at Madison Square Garden and the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. She was featured on the song “Love Will Find a Way” with Nahko Bear and Trevor Hall for the album of her lifelong collaborator and guitarist, the musical genius Mike Love. She was honored to be a part of the 52nd Annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, performing alongside the Hawaiian cultural icon, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole, for the winning group, Hula Halau O Kamuela. She is among distinguished artists honored to perform for the President, having been invited for the third time to the White House in Washington, DC.
Currently, Fuga continues to widen her fan base as she embraces different genres of music with her signature entrancing vocals. She plans to keep traveling the world as she lives out her dream and shares her gift with a message of love.
“Music is my first love. Love is my first language.” – Paula Fuga