Yes, Anuhea, a singer-songwriter from Maui, can play the ukulele.
But before you get the wrong idea, consider this: The first concert she attended was the Foo Fighters.
Her own songs contradict the stereotype of Hawaiian musicians. While Don Ho might have paved the way, "Tiny Bubbles" is far from what Hawaii singer-songwriters like Anuhea find for inspiration.
"I’m sure there are tons of misconceptions," she said in an interview from her home in Maui. "I’ve talked to some people who are surprised to find out that there is a scene here other than just the traditional Hawaiian style of music. There’s a style of our own and a genre of music that combines Hawaiian vibes with the island rhythms of reggae, and in some cases with pop, rock and even hip hop. Hawaii’s got a real unique thing going on out here, and the people here grow up with it, are making it themselves, and now it’s spreading to the rest of the world."
Anuhea will perform at Bar Deluxe on May 14 to promote her new release, "For Love," as part of The Love & Roots Tour, co-headlined by Bermuda-raised reggae star Mishka.
While the Hawaiian singer is considered a big success on the islands, she isn’t as well-known on the mainland, despite pleasant, breezy pop songs that sound crafted in the islands, yet share influences with hip hop and rock. (There’s no apparent influences from "Tiny Bubbles," in other words.)
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Anuhea with Mishka
When » Monday, May 14, at 9 p.m.
Where » Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets » $12 in advance, $14 day of, at SmithsTix