Welcome to the Vendor Spotlight, a new segment here on the Colleen’s Captures blog, aiming to introduce you to some of our favorite local artists and businesses. Our goal, as part of a network of passionate, hard-working professionals here on Maui, is to support our community by shedding light on those around us who are also pursuing their dreams of owning their own business.
Ka’ena is an excellent choice for your island wedding or next event in need of entertainment. He is a kind, warm presence with a whole lot of talent! We always love seeing him bring life to the party. So without any further ado, we are honored to present our vendor of the month: Ka’ena Music.
Ka’ena Elaban-Manuwa is Maui-born-and-raised musician who specializes in entertaining at weddings as well as restaurants and other events around the island. He is known for captivating his listeners with his smooth, charming vocals and unique, well rounded style.
Live music brings an irreplaceable radiance to any wedding or event and there is no denying that Ka’ena is an expert in delivering the perfect vibe. He explains, “I create the sound track for unforgettable moments. Driven by the energy of my clients and their guests, I tailor a music selection by making song choices specific to the energy of the event.”
Ka’ena describes his passion as “music, interaction, and connection.”
He goes on to say, “music has always been an outlet for me, a form of release as well as joy. Bob Marley said, ‘one thing about music: when it hits, you feel no pain.’ That quote definitely stands true for me.”
Though he’s been making music from an early age, Ka’ena has been putting his talents to work for over 13 years, including 8 years effortlessly entertaining Maui-based weddings. “I love interacting with my clients. Helping others fulfill their visions and providing an epic experience for their family and friends makes my job feel complete.”
As a Native Hawaiian, Ka’ena says, “connecting clients to my home is also a pleasure of mine. I love to share and create connections with our Island home; Creating connections to our culture and way of life is our biggest form of perpetuating Hawai’i.”
He expresses, with a shaka tagged on the end, “I feel very blessed to be able to do what I do. Mahalo to all the many couples that have allowed me to be a part of their greatest moments. Until next time, a hui hou malama pono. ‘take care until we meet again.’”