2020 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD FINALIST FOR CONTEMPORARY ACOUSTIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Duncan Kamakana o Na Kuahiwi Osorio grew up in Palolo on the island of Oahu in a family richly steeped in Hawaiian culture and music. He is the son to famed musician and scholar Jonathan Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio, who was recently presented the 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award.
As a folk musician, Jon introduced Duncan to a vast array of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music to singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.
Duncan has become an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist in his own right, with a broad and worldly exposure. He first made a name for himself on the national stage as a finalist on season 4 of NBC’s The Voice back in 2014. His rendition of Michael Buble’s Home landed him a spot on the team of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.
He would spend the next few years recording and touring before taking the international stage as a contributing composer and performer in the Slovenian Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
While his accomplishments have taken him across the globe, his recordings demonstrate a commitment to local and Hawaiian music. His 2016 recording of Midnight Stones was nominated for both Song & Single of the Year at the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. He has just released a new album D.K. Live at the Atherton showcasing five new original compositions, including three new studio tracks.