Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
Pono Fernandez

Pono Fernandez

Pono will make 12 years old in July, and that would be the start of his 8th year playing Ukulele and singing Hawaiian Music, as he started with Ke Kula Mele Hawaii when he was 4 years old. Pono attends Webling elementary, where his fellow students call him the "Ukulele Wizard." In his 5th grade music class, his teacher Mr. Abe has told me that Pono is a very talented musician, a leader in the class, and 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 a year 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 hopes to one day go to 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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