Taimane means diamond in Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up.
Taimane’s professional career began at age 13 when Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen and invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane presents original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are garnering worldwide attention (over 7 million video views and 80,000 social media followers) and placing her on an upward trajectory that’s drawing comparisons to recent rapid ascensions by Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington and Lake Street Dive. With support from the music industry now coming forward, there appears no limit to how bright this diamond will shine.