Pōmai was born and raised in Honolulu, running around the streets of Kalihi, spending afternoons in the canals of Kapālama catching crawfish, eating Icee from Shinsato Store and playing his favorite childhood game, ʻTinkalaʻ, with other neighborhood kids. After attending five years of elementary school at Kamehameha his family relocated to Hilo where he joined the Waiākea Intermediate School Ukulele Band under the direction of George Camarillo Sr.

At age 10 he began performing regularly on his ukulele with his Aunty Myra ʻKolaniʻ Chartrand at the Waiākea Villa Resort and the Kilauea Military Camp (KMC). She was very instrumental in teaching him many classic Hawaiian Hula songs that he still performs today. 

Returning back to Kamehameha Kapālama for High School, Pōmai excelled in the Concert Glee Club, Orchestra, KS Marching Band as well as Film, Radio and Television courses.

Post high school musical endeavors allowed for travels to Tennessee, Texas, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, California, Japan, Tahiti, Sāmoa, Mexico and Norway. He began Hawaiian steel guitar lessons with Jerry Byrd in 1994 and continues to play this unique instrument at various resorts on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. 

He is currently working on plans to build a Hawaiian Cultural Center on the Waikoloa Coast of the Big Island focusing on the perpetuation of Traditional Hawaiian Arts, Crafts, Music, Hula, Fishing and Farming lifestyles of his Kūpuna.

E Hoʻoikaika Ana

Moku O Keawe - Ahupuaʻa ma Waikoloa (Big Island of Hawaiʻi)

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