Lise is 17, completing her senior year in high school, and preparing for college admissions. Emi is 20, studying mechanical engineering at the University of California, San Diego and is also hula choreographer for their UCSD Hawaii club. Their ukulele adventure took off in earnest in January 2015 when they were invited by Kanile’a Ukulele to play for them at the NAMM show in Anaheim. Since then, they’ve been invited to perform at dozens of festivals and events throughout Southern California including the Heritage of Aloha Festival in Santa Fe Springs where Lise was the winner of the ukulele competition. On Oahu this summer, they were invited to perform as guests of Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta Jr. at the Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef, as well as at the Moana Terrace at Marriott Waikiki as guests of Alan Akaka and the Keawe Ohana Show. They both play Kanile’a Tenor Ukulele’s; Lise’s is a Premium Koa HNS “Honu”, and Emi’s is a K1 Premium. The girls have recently completed recording two new original ukulele pieces for a new EP released by Sandwich Islands Network (SIN) Radio entitled “California 808”. Finally, you may also be surprised to learn that they have only been playing for 4 years……and are self taught! This year, Lise has begun taking occasional lessons from ukulele masters Abe Lagrimas Jr., Bryan Tolentino, and Kalei Gamiao, hoping to take their music to the “next level”. Check out their videos on their YouTube channel!
Spread Aloha through Music
- Ke kanile‘a maika‘i pū kākou!
- The joyful sound that is pleasing to all!
Ua hana i Hawai‘i nei
- Made in Hawai`i