Thanks to Kamakana’s (his stage name) performance during blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice” this week, he’ll be able to share that talent with the nation. Nonstop Honolulu will be following the show, which airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on NBC, and providing you with #TeamDuncan updates.
Locally, you’ve probably seen him singing the rewrite of Sean Naʻauaoʻs song “Fish and Poi” in Burger King Hawaii commercials. Musical talent runs in his family. His father, a professor at the University of Hawaii Manoa, is Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jon Osorio, known for the song, “Hawaiian Eyes.”
During the blind auditions, Kamakana’s performance of Michael Buble’s “Home” prompted Adam Levine (Maroon 5 front man) to turn his chair, choosing the “folk singer from Hawaii” as part of Team Adam. Once the auditions come to a close, Levine, along with judges Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton, will each have a 12-person team.
Here’s Kamakana following his blind audition.
Photos by Russell Tanoue