Paula Fuga wowed a very intimate crowd of music fans this past Saturday night at Ocean Vodka, telling stories of her recent collaborations with Jack Johnson and sharing compilations that will be released on her upcoming album. A benefit concert for Maui Huliau Foundation, this event sold out in ten days and was one of the first public celebrations to be held at The Point at Ocean Vodka’s Organic Farm and Distillery.
It was an intimate night of soulful tunes, kindred connections, and great food and cocktails as Ocean Vodka hosted Na Hoku Hanohano award winners Paula Fuga, Benny Uyetake, and Kevin Brown. Despite a massive downpour of rain, the crowd was enlivened and treated to an “everyone gets backstage” tent performance. The result was pure magic.
Get goose bumps listening to Paula’s final performance of the evening here on YouTube. “Hold on just a little bit longer, I know in time you will feel a little stronger. Try, just a little bit harder. When you feel like quitting, time to give it your all. Dream, just a little bigger. If you can see, hold onto that picture.” Sing it Paula!
Exquisite vocals, powerful lyrics, and gorgeous melodies have earned Paula Fuga widespread critical praise and an incredibly dedicated fan base. Paula is a cultural ambassador, playing music for her Hawaiian culture and spreading the thoughtful and evocative voice of the Hawaiian people across the world. She has been likened to a Hawaiian Lauryn Hill, and has been embraced by a range of other inspiring artists like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Ziggy Marley, and Nick Hexum of 311. “I use my talent as an instrument to help bring about positive social change within the islands and beyond,” says Paula. “Instilling the Hawaiian culture in the generations to come and, generally, being a beacon of the meditative and healing powers of the Hawaiian people.” Watch for Paula’s future collaborations with Jack Johnson and more- for this Hawaiian ambassador, she is about reaching her dreams and inspiring others to do the same.
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About Maui Huliau Foundation
Maui Huliau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving youth ages 12-18 on the island of Maui. Founded in 2010, their mission is to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth. Their three youth programs include the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club, Hui Laulima, and Huliau Youth Leaders. Through these unique hands-on programs, they seek to educate and empower Maui youth to become future stewards of our natural environment. Their 24 student-produced environmental films have been selected at film festivals around the world, and their service and leadership programs have involved youth in environmental projects throughout the island. You can learn more about their three programs and watch student films on their website at www.mauihuliaufoundation.org.
About Ocean Vodka
Ocean Vodka is 100% certified USDA Organic, gluten-free and the only vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water, sourced from a depth of 3,000 feet off the Kona Coast of the Island of Hawaii. The trace minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, help create a distinct and pleasant flavor profile that is unlike any other vodka. Long inspired by the ocean paradise of Hawaii, the mission of Ocean Vodka is to create a superior organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally based on quality and raises awareness for the conservation of the ocean. The Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in Kula, Maui highlights the company’s commitment to socially and environmentally conscious business practices, utilizing solar panels to power 100% of the operations and sustainably farming and harvesting organic sugar cane. Tours run seven days a week and educate guests about the importance of organic farming for the conservation of land and ocean, sustainable manufacturing and the production of spirits. Ocean Vodka has been the exclusive vodka on Hawaiian Airlines since 2007, and is the number one selling spirit made in Hawaii. Ocean Vodka is sold in 33 states, Washington, DC, and Canada and is sold at $32.99/750ml. Produced by Hawai‘i Sea Spirits, Kula, Maui, Hawai‘i 40% ALC/VOL (80 Proof).