CODY PUEO PATA
Singer, songwriter, kumu hula, Hawaiian cultural advisor
Cody Pueo Pata is from the island of Maui, and currently resides in Pukalani on the slopes of Haleakalā. Pueo is an ʻūniki graduate of the Lanakilakeikiahialiʻi lineage, and the kumu hula of Hālau Hula ʻo Ka Malama Mahilani (Kahului, Maui; Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu; Tōkyō, Japan). As a teenager, Pueo began training to entertain audiences through Hawaiian chant, song, and hula under the direction of Kumu Hula Nona Kaluhiokalani, Kumu Hula Keʻala Kūkona, & Loea Hula George Nāʻope. By the age of 20, although still learning, he was finally allowed to perform publicly alongside his poʻe kumu. From those days until the present, Cody Pueo Pata continues to entertain across Hawaiʻi, the US Mainland, & Japan.
Pueo became the year 2000 champion of the Frank B. Shaner Hawaiian Falsetto Competition. In 2001, he released his first solo album, “e hoʻi nā wai,” under Ululoa Productions. His second solo project, “He aloha…” was released in 2007, and his limited-release EP, “Moʻohana,” debuted in 2009. Pueo’s vocal stylings and contributions have also been featured on movie soundtracks, compilations, and about 18 other recording projects. Cody Pueo Pata’s albums have garnered him multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominations, and his songs and vocals have been featured on winning albums. In 2008, Pueo won a Hōkū Hanohano in the Haku Mele category for his original composition, “Miliʻōpua.”
Recently, Pueo’s latest releases can be found on Kanileʻa ʻUkulele’s 20th Anniversary compilation album, “Ola Ka ʻĀina.”
Pueo travels often between Maui and O`ahu. He also travels regularly to Japan to perform and to teach Hawaiian hula, language, and music. As an on-the-go artist, an ʻukulele is his constant companion. Whether singing for his papa hula, or for a crowd of Hawaiian music connoisseurs, Pueo settles for nothing but the best in sound and quality as far as his instruments are concerned––that is how he believes he can best honor the rich traditions that he has inherited.