Kunia is named after his late Grandfather “Gabby Pops Pahinui,” a respected legend in Hawaiian music.
He is both a versatile vocalist and outstanding Ukelele player, equally at home singing the traditional songs his grandfather made famous 70 years ago as well as current rock, blues, reggae and many other styles. Kunia’s 1996 debut album won Hawaiian Music Awards “Best Hawaiian and Contemporary Album of the Year”, and featured Lava Rocks Band members Joe Conti and Jim Summey.
He has played with some of Hawaii’s finest musicians as well as performed on recordings for several artists and projects, including the 2013 Pahunui Hawaiian Band album which was nominated for a Na Hoku Hano Hano Group of the Year award and Hawaiian music album of the year. Kunia plays a unique triple-neck ukulele that has a total of 16 Strings on it with each neck tuned differently.