I am sunny kalama
I am grateful for everyone in my life. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing and no one else I'd rather do it with. I am Sunny Kalama.
Aloha I’m Sunny Kalama. I was born and raised on the beautiful island Maui. The island where people go to get away, but to me it’s the island that made me who I am today.
Then, at the age of sixteen I released my first single “all I wanted”, featuring my Aunti, Lia Live. Later at the age of seventeen i released my second single “Love in Time”. I performed as a back-up singer with her band at popular venues all over Maui, and got to perform my single at local festivals such as Fourth Friday. When I graduated, I got the opportunity to lead my whole class in singing our class song, which I personally arranged, and got to perform in front of the whole stadium filled with our community, family and friends. It was one of the best moments of my life!
Having a family that is supporting and high achieving has also helped shape my character and life experiences. I’ve got a world renown waterman for dad (Dave Kalama). An ocean loving, Entrepreneur mother who never settles for less (Ocean Defenders CEO Oriana Kalama) . A grampa who’s has a doctorate in Music, and conducts the Panama National Symphonic Orchestra(Jorge Ledezma Bradley). My favorite island popstar is my Aunty and best friend Lia Live. And finally, I want to mention my amazing cousins The Kalama Brothers, who have been featured on the voice and multiple other talent TV shows. With all this greatness in my family, it’s only natural that I try to make a name for myself.
Recently, I’ve performed at Pipeline to a Cure in Huntington Beach, which is a big event that benefits people who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. I performed with my cousins, The Kalama Brothers, and I got to perform my solo songs in front of a huge audience. I also performed at the Bob Bash 2019 which was at the Lahaina Civic Center. I have been writing and working on recording my first EP with producer Robert Tsuhako. Rob is a veteran in the music industry and has worked with top artists from Hawaii such as Bruno Mars, Anuhea, and Amy Gilliom. The EP will include my latest single, “Nobody Likes You”, which was released in November of 2019. You can watch the video for the song on YouTube, which I recorded with a lot of help from my friends and released in January of 2020.
From as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a singer. The first song I wrote was called “Cat On The Loose” which I wrote at the age of five. I have been a member of the school choir since the 6th grade, and was picked to perform solos often. In High School, I was invited to become a member of the Tri-M music Society for my writing abilities. I got to perform at many festivals with the school choir, and I also performed at one of the biggest venues on Maui, the MACC.
After graduating I attended the university of Maui college. I took all music classes: song writing, chorus, guitar, and music engineering. After a while I found myself searching for more. More life experiences, more excitement, something a little closer to home, the ocean. I started my own underwater photography business where I can spend more time with my family and make some money to support my music career. I reached out to local snorkeling charter boats and before I knew it I was on the boat every day taking photos of people underwater. It’s very tiring work to be waking up every day at four in the morning and being in the sun all day, but to me it’s all worth it. Then at night I can still go and sing and focus on my music.
On my off days I spend time with my family and do fun activities with them. My brother and I are especially close because we share a lot of the same hobbies. We go diving for fish to cook, we go skateboarding, we surf, and we even got into this new sport called winging. Sometimes when we’re in the kitchen cooking we even have rap battles. Challenging each other to rap about any topic that we pick for each other. It’s nice that my brother can push me in the water to become a better water woman and I can push him to be a little more creative and musical.