He was the first operatic tenor from the islands to gain worldwide fame. First he learned to read music at Kamehameha Schools. He studied voice in New York, Paris and Milan. His first professional appearance was as a member of a quartet in Bird of Paradise in 1915. His operatic debut was as Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’ at the Théâtre of Cannes (1929). His operatic career spanned the globe from San Francisco to Prague. Made many recordings, performed on radio and appeared in films San Francisco, Anthony Adverse, Going to Town and There's Magic in Music. Though he spent little time in his native Hawaii, he always included Hawaiian songs in his repertoire and was considered a gifted interpreter of his homeland's music.
Chronology of some appearances
1929 Cannes Théâtre La Boheme (Rodolfo)
1929 Pilsen Opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1929 Pilsen Opera Pagliacci (Canio)
1929 Munich National Theater Aida (Radames)
1929 Munich National Theater La Boheme (Rodolfo)
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Electrical Transcription RCA Manufacturing Co. Inc., Hollywood, Calif. U.S.A.
Hawaiian Paradise PMS97877
Wai O Punalau PMS97877
Aloha Beloved 09007
Mai Poina PMS97877
Roselani PMS 97684
Bird of Paradise PMS09011
Malanai Anu Ka Makani PMS 97876
Lei Poni Moi 09007
To you Sweetheart Aloha 97385?
Hawaiian Love PMS 97875
Maid of Honolulu PMS 09008
South Sea Island Magic PMS 97876
Luana PMS 09009
Pua Roselani PMS09011