A look at Taimane today and the path of her ascent

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"Taimane rocks the stage with a sensual vibrancy and a white hot talent that captivates and beguiles!” -Pierce Brosnan (aka 007)





From Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, Taimane has developed a sound and style all her own with her instrument of choice, the ukulele. Performing in the spotlight since age 13, Taimane’s on-stage persona captivates upon first sight and fiery performances ensue helping her garner over 9 million video views and over 100,000 social media followers worldwide and sell-out concerts across America.

“Every so often we discover an artist as he or she is about to emerge into a much bigger arena. These experiences have included Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington and Lake Street Dive. Now, we have a new discovery - Taimane. She's destined for a big, bright future, and I encourage you to catch her show as soon as you can.”-Bruce Labadie, Artistic and Festival Director of San Jose Jazz


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‘The Sun’*

‘The Sun’*

‘America Medley’

‘America Medley’

Taimane Concert - June 6, 2018 - Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

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International ukulele virtuoso and songwriter, Taimane, experienced a breakout year in 2017 launching herself into the national psyche thanks to performances in front of crowds of over 10,000 at iconic venues Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Gorge Amphitheater and her selling out a host of shows on the west coast and east coast during her first ever headline tours. Concert goers and arts presenters alike responded with glowing praise and excitement.

Since that time, Taimane has continued to build momentum filling venues across America, performing to a crowd of over 20,000 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and releasing a new album ‘Elemental,’ which illuminates her maturation into a complete artist - songwriter, virtuoso, singer and producer. On the recording which features a song for each element (‘Water,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Air,’ ‘Earth’ and ‘Ether’), Taimane continues her exploration of natural and metaphysical worlds and successfully weaves several distinct threads (classical, latin and ethereal) into a cohesive cloth, one that looks and feels like its unique creator - contemplative, as well as playful and fun.

2018 also saw Taimane receive much attention around the globe through her collaboration with the Playing For Change (PFC) organization. PFC released two, live Taimane videos, Pluto – King of the Underworld (Hades)* and The Moon*, that have amassed over 350,000 views with more PFC video releases still to come.

While this rise in popularity felt like a lightning strike in many ways, Taimane’s journey to this position has not been overnight. She began performing in public at age 10, busking in Waikiki in her home state of Hawaii every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home and workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a place in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. At 17, Taimane received her own show, a Friday night residency at the expansive Hyatt Regency in the heart of Waikiki. Taimane’s artistic lifeline came shortly thereafter when she enrolled at the University of Hawaii and discovered the arts venues of Honolulu’s Chinatown where she was given the opportunity to take her instrument of choice, the ukulele, in whatever musical direction her heart desired.

Fast forward to today, and you have an artist whose soul shines through in every performance, presenting a sound and style all her own. From Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, Taimane captivates upon first sight and ignites a fire thereafter channeling her passion into her instrument and busting the door wide open for connection with her audience. Supreme artistry meets spell-binding entertainment.

Through this magical combination, Taimane (her birthname which means diamond in Samoan, the heritage and native home of her mother) has garnered a worldwide audience - over 9 million video views and 90,000 social media followers amassed in DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion. With support from the music industry now coming forward, there appears no limit to how bright this diamond will shine.

Taimane Touring with Michael Franti & Spearhead - July 2017

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  • Feb 2, 2019: Beit Aba Hushi, Haifa Israel

  • Feb 4, 2019: Hichal Hatarbut, Kfar Saba Israel

  • Feb 5, 2019: Zappa Club, Herzliya Israel

  • Feb 7, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel

  • Feb 8, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel

  • Feb 9, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel

  • Apr 13, 2019: Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela HI

  • May 16, 2019: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia WA

  • May 17, 2019: Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA

  • May 23, 2019: Jazz Dock, Prague Czechoslovakia

  • May 26, 2019: Austrian Ukulele Festival, Graz Austria

Europe & North America

“A phenomenally talented ukulele virtuoso, Taimane has developed a flamenco-inspired strumming technique that is breathtaking. In concert, her hands often blur in motion as she passionately strums while dancing around the stage. It’s an intoxicating experience both visually and aurally that has blown away audiences both nationally and abroad.”-Jon Woodhouse, The Maui News



‘Father Sky’*

‘Father Sky’*

Click text below to view full-length videos.

Live Performances:

Music Videos:

* written by Taimane (ASCAP)
** written by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Taimane
*** written by Taimane and Jasmine “Jazzy” Skurtu
**** written by Chris Isaak



  • Over 9 million video views

  • Over 100,000 social media followers

  • Cover stories in Hana Hou, Summit, Waikiki and Ukulele magazines

  • National Draw - Headline Shows: Across America in 2017 & 2018, Taimane has consistently drawn strong numbers in both new and established markets selling out over 40% of her headline shows including the following venues - Jade Leaf Club (San Jose, CA), Don Quixote's (Santa Cruz, CA), Sunshine-Brooks Theater (Oceanside, CA), Millenium Stage at The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Joe's Pub (New York, NY - January 2019 & October 2017), Swallow Hill Music (Denver, CO)(co-bill), Cafe Stritch (San Jose, CA), Covo (La Jolla, CA) and Pyramid House (Kona, HI). Taimane also drew a full-house to her debut at the Belly Up in San Diego in May 2018.

  • International Touring: Taimane's ukulele has taken her around the world including performances at TEDx (Maui, Costa Rica, Purdue), the Pan American Games (Canada), Samoa, France, Turkey, Reunion Island, China, Hong Kong and more.

  • Film:

    • Taimane wrote and recorded the score for the short film, "Let The Mountain Speak," paying tribute to Mauna Kea

    • Taimane's songs, "The Sun," "Mother Earth" and "Father Sky," are featured in Keely Shaye Brosnan's (wife of Pierce Brosnan) film, "Poisoning Paradise," telling the story of the struggle to drive adoption of sustainable agriculture in Hawaii. This summer, the film screened at Cannes International Film Festival and is expected to be picked up for U.S. and/or international distribution.

    • Taimane was recently contracted to write three songs for the movie, "Haole," an independent feature film currently being produced by award-winning filmmaker and Disney Studios / Columbia Pictures alumn, James Sereno, of Kinetic Productions.



APAP 2019
Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference
New York, NY


In January 2019, Taimane and her band performed three shows during the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) conference in New York City including a headline show at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan that sold out in advance. Taimane performed as a quartet at the club (ukulele / vocals (Taimane) + acoustic guitar (Ramiro Marziani) + hand percussion (Jonathan Heraux) + violin / vocals (Melissa Folzenlogen)) and also featured Polynesian dancer, Enormvs. Taimane was a hit with both concertgoers and performing arts presenters receiving industry praise and at Joe’s Pub, a standing ovation followed by a post-show meet & greet with an endless line of fans (a 30+ minute queue). Following the conference, Taimane received inquiries from over 10 performing arts centers seeking to feature Taimane during their next seasons.

Absolutely fantastic show!”
-Jerry VanLeeuwen, Executive Director, California Center for the Arts Escondido

“It was an incredible performance!”
-Todd Stein, President & CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance

“What an amazing artist!”
-Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts, Sun Valley Center





In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Hawai`i, world-renowned choreographer and dancer, Un Yamada (head of Co.YAMADA UN) collaborated with Taimane presenting an original dance piece accompanied by a live musical performance at Doris Duke Theater in Honolulu, HI on November 17, 2018. Yamada (a Japanese national and resident) and Taimane (born, raised & resident of Hawaii) had never before met but instantly bonded. The intimate show clearly sparked creative passion in both artists who plan to present additional dance / musical programs outside of Hawaii in 2019.





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On June 5, 2018, Taimane, released her new album, ‘Elemental.’ More than two years in the making, ‘Elemental’ illuminates Taimane’s maturation into a complete artist - songwriter, virtuoso, singer and producer. On the recording which features a song for each element (‘Water,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Air,’ ‘Earth’ and ‘Ether’), Taimane continues her exploration of natural and metaphysical worlds and successfully weaves several distinct threads (classical, latin and ethereal) into a cohesive cloth, one that looks and feels like its unique creator - contemplative, as well as playful and fun. Taimane wrote all songs on the album and produced the recording.




"The Moon"
Music video produced and published by Playing for Change.
Song written by Taimane.

On March 16, 2018, the Playing For Change organization (dedicated to bringing hope & inspiration through music with over 1.5 million followers worldwide) released a Taimane video - a live performance of her song, 'Pluto - King of the Underworld (Hades).' The video was recorded in Ka'a'awa Valley (site of many past movies including King Kong, Jurassic World and Jumanji) on Taimane's home island of Oahu and received over 100,000 views on YouTube and Facebook in its first week of release. Pluto is featured on Taimane's new album, 'Elemental.' Click the above links to view the video.

On June 15, 2018, Playing for Change released a second Taimane video - a live performance of Taimane's song, 'The Moon.' This video has received over 260,000 views on YouTube.

The Playing For Change Foundation (PFC) will be releasing additional Taimane videos including Taimane adding an ukulele part alongside the frontman of one of the most celebrated American rock n' roll bands of all time. This PFC video will be one of their biggest releases of the year.




3-10-2018 - The Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Taimane made her debut at the famed Staples Center in Los Angeles dazzling a crowd of over 20,000 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 during halftime of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball game. The performance was part of 'Hawaii Night' at the Staples Center and included an interview with Fox Sports. The TV crew interviewed Taimane regarding the unique nature of Taimane's music and the inspiration upon which she draws. They instantly fell in love with Taimane as evidenced by their returning later and recording a second Taimane piece (a Fox Sports program ID). Taimane's Video Blog: Staples Center Debut

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Taimane performing during the debut of her show, ‘Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey,’ on March 25, 2016 at Hawaii Theatre.

In March 2016, Taimane presented ‘Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey’ at historic Hawaii Theatre drawing over 1,000 attendees and receiving rave reviews from the public and critics alike. The show brings to life Taimane’s vision of the elements (earth, water, air, fire, ether) and related spheres through music, dance, narration and costume. On June 5, 2018, Taimane released an album of the same name, 'Elemental,' featuring seven songs she wrote for the theater performance. Taimane next presents the show on April 13, 2019 at Kahilu Theatre on the island of Hawaii (Big Island) and plans to tour the show internationally in the future. The show is 100% Taimane with her assuming the following roles: artistic producer (created the music and dance program and managed casting, costuming, set design / lighting, etc.), songwriter (wrote 7 new songs for the performance), bandleader and star musician.



‘Elemental’ Tour
(supporting new album)

Poster: Photography by Adam Jung. Creative / art direction by Erik Ries.

Spring Eternal Tour - May 2018