“E hana i nā mea ā pau i ke aloha.”
Do all things with love.
Kama Hopkins grew up in a family of musicians and hula dancers. His grandmother is Momi Bee Kahawaiolaʻa of the Bee Sisters. The Bee Sisters and John K. Almeida were the first to record The Hukilau Song on the 49th State Record label.
Kama’s great grand aunt, Louise Hart Hopkins, wrote the song for the Hopkins family home in Kāneʻohe entitled, “Kuʻu Home O Nā Pali Hāuliʻuli.” His parents were members of Hālau Hula ʻO Kukunaokalā under the direction of John Kaʻimikaua. Hula and music went hand in hand, and this environment was basically “home” for Kama and his family.
Hawaiian music influenced his early years. He later enjoyed barbershop music and crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bing Crosby. However, while attending The Kamehameha Schools, he became a member of the Concert Glee Club, the Warrior Marching Band and Color Guard. His love for Hawaiian music returned and it has been in the forefront for him ever since.
A member of the multi Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning trio, Holunape, Kama has been playing music professionally for the past 17 years and for five years, performed as part of the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders and Dancers. Most recently, he’s enjoyed playing with Dwight Kanae in the group, Kāneʻohe, rekindling his passion for singing acapella music by performing with his former high school quartet, Boys in the Hall. The other three members of this quartet are Kale Chang, Thomas Chock and Kaipo Nuʻuanu.
Kama has traveled all over the country to different parts of the pacific and the orient, entertaining and sharing Hawaiian music and hula. He also taught ʻukulele on Oʻahu and in Japan. He believes that music lives when it is shared. Kama’s advice that he freely shares with others is reflected above and below. He was taught that when you live by this principle, you will always be in the service of others.