Phillip Kunia Galdeira was raised in Waianae on the island of Oahu.

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.

Shortly after moving to the Waimea side of the Big Island in 1989,  he met Joe Conti and played in several groups along with fellow Lava Rocks Band member Jim Summey on drums.  They have played hundreds of corporate gigs and  scores of weddings over the years.

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.

He has traveled all over the United States and Japan, loves playing and teaching the ukulele and has been performing for over 25 years.



The Ukuleles that Kunia plays are unique and include the following:

  • A Triple neck ukulele that has a total of 16 Strings on it with each neck tuned differently.
  • A 4 string Midi “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” ukulele that allows him to play hundreds sounds like grand piano, strings, sax’s, flutes and horns just to name a few.
  • Traditional Ukuleles custom made just for him.

This adds to Kunia’s versatility as he enjoys playing all kinds of music, including Hawaiian, reggae, blues, rock-n-roll, oldies, country, gospel and contemporary.