Pau hana is a Hawaiian phrase meaning “finished work” or “when the work is done.” Strumming his ukulele, Shannon Kaopua from Kalihi, Hawaii, says, “I would get together with friends and family after work, gather around, eat and jam out! Pau Hana was then formed with songs written and played by friends and family.”
The band, fronted by Kaopua and singer John Solomon, has taken its feel-good music throughout the South Pacific, including Guam, Saipan, and Palau. In 2008, they played the Del Mar Fair’s Grand Stage with Steel Pulse and Pato Banton. As of early 2009, Pau Hana has released three indie CDs and two underground albums, as well as uploading a steady stream of performance videos to YouTube.