Take one part Ella Fitzgerald, one part Cecilia & Kapono, add a swig of Stevie Wonder + a sprinkling of traditional Hawaiian music, and you get Mango Season.
Curtis Kamiya // In the fifth grade I was moved to tears as I watched my school choir perform (and I immediately signed up to join them). My father was my guitar teacher and offered me his guitar one lonely summer as I was moving from childhood to being a teenager. I stayed inside all summer and played that guitar, sometimes 14 hours at a time, and would forget to eat. From that point on, I devoured everything musical.
I received a BA in music and theatre arts from the University of Puget Sound. That’s where I met my beautiful wife, Annie, and we lived in Seattle and San Francisco before finally settling back in my hometown of Honolulu.
- You Can Close Your Eyes (2001) | Recorded and produced by Darin Leong at Salty Dog Studios in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
- 21st and Geary (2005) | Produced by Jeff List at Reflekt Records in Seattle, Washington.
- Flying Home (2013) | Recorded and produced by Curtis Kamiya Music in Honolulu, Hawai’i
You’d Never Guess
I love Korean pop music, and am a huge Koreaphile.
Annie Kamiya // When I was six years old, my parents gave me their old, beat-up record player. I collected all the old school Disney records, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and my parent’s music as well, like Fleetwood Mac and Rickie Lee Jones – even Tchaikovsky! Every day, I would hide away in my bedroom after school and sing at the top of my lungs, twirling around my daybed dreaming up fantastical stories where I always played the lead. I thought singing and music was magic. I’ve never let go of that infectious feeling of music.
I’m a mezzo-soprano vocalist and theatre performer with over 25 years’ experience as an entertainer, as well as lead vocalist and percussionist for Mango Season. I received training in vocal performance and theatre arts from the University of Puget Sound.
When outside of band rehearsal, and when escaping the duties of running two small businesses, I enjoy writing fantastical poetry, scaling ridge hikes with epic, kick-ass girlfriend hikers more hardcore than myself, and dreaming of one day being the proud mama to an American Boxer named Sonny.
Performed and sung on stage in numerous theatrical productions including lead roles in The Seagull (Paulina/Singer), The Sound of Music (Maria), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Twelfth NIght (Feste/Musician), and Islands – Original Musical (Penny).
You’d Never Guess
I took a brief hiatus from music in the 2000’s to work as a financial stockbroker (!).
Wil Tafolo // I have been playing music since I was 9 years old. I began on ‘ukulele and with choir, and quickly moved to learning the guitar and eventually the bass. I played guitar and sang with various groups and in choirs throughout my high school career at Punahou School, winning the award for Outstanding Music Student in 2004 at the Hawaii Music Awards. That same year, I spent a few weeks flying to New Zealand and Samoa sharing the gift of Hawaiian music. My musical influences span the spectrum from Jazz and Funk to Country and of course Hawaiian. I perform throughout Hawaii and the Mainland US currently with Mango Season, Danny Carvalho, and Songbird & The Colors as a lead vocalist and bassist.
Chris Yeh // I am a well recognized name in the Honolulu jazz scene, if I do say so myself. I enjoy playing saxophone and eating Kua’aina burgers, although not always at the same time. I play a Selmer Super Action Series I alto saxophone, charged by a flux capacitor. I play said saxophone in various musical and non-musical groups, but only Mango Season allows him to use it to play Careless Whisper.
Rory Loughran // Originally from Vermont, I relocated to Honolulu in late 2008. I have been playing drums for over 25 years, and I perform with various groups in the Honolulu area. In addition to drums, I also have a solo act on guitar and vocals. During my down time, I enjoy surfing, Crossfit, yoga, and spending time with my beautiful wife, Izi, and daughter Bree.