Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres — from classical to rock to flamenco — and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai’i, where she grew up. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is.
Don Ho is eleven years gone, suggesting that the “talented teen” is now thirtyish. Not that it matters. Thanks to the kind folks at Playing for Change, Taimane here rips through an original number called “Pluto — King of the Underworld”:
Addendum: Taimane turned 29 last month.