Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Pono Fernandez

Pono Fernandez

Twelve-year old Pono started with Ke Kula Mele Hawaii when he was 4 years old and has been playing Ukulele and singing Hawaiian Music for 9 years.

Pono always takes the time to help other students who are trying to learn to play Ukulele. Pono does the same for the new kids in Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i who are learning Ukulele. He has also been learning the Hawaiian Language from a young age, and his Hawaiian language skills continue to improve every day. About two years ago Pono decided to learn how to play the steel guitar, and at one time was the youngest steel guitar player in Hawai'i, and as such the youngest in the world.

In addition to Hawaiian Music and language, Pono is also a football fan and loves to go to UH football games. He is the quarterback on his Flag Football team, and as in his Ukulele Class at School, Pono is also a leader on his team. His other interest include riding dirt bike, going to the beach, flying his drone, and of course his video games.

Pono attends Kamehameha Schools and wants to learn more about Hawaiian culture, music, dance & language. He also wants to play football for Kamehameha, and eventually go to the University of Hawai'i and play football for Hawai'i in front of his family and friends. One of his dreams is to be a professional musician here in Hawaii, so that he can help pass on the Hawaiian culture to the next generation of Hawaiian children.

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