Kona-Music is a blend of 70's, 80's, 90's and today. Based out of Atlanta, GA, Kona's vocal harmonies and musical dynamics will have your patrons enjoying their favorite tunes, singing along, dancing and wanting more.
Robert "Kenui" Pope
Robert “Kenui” Pope originally from Maui, Hawaii started with the ukulele as his first instrument, followed by piano and the upright bass. With his Dad and band director as his mentors, Robert gained an appreciation for music that still follows him today.
Robert’s signature blend is a result of growing up with the rock and roll of the 60’s, Hawaiian sounds of the islands and the blues during his years in New Orleans. He has been involved with several genres that include: hula troops, jazz quartets, church ensembles, Hawaiian and Jawaiian duos, blues and classic rock bands. Robert moved to the Atlanta area in 2002, where he became part of a vibrant music community.
Robert has said of his time living in New Orleans:
"When you have an opportunity to not only hear great blues, but you get to see how and why it is what it is...it influences every aspect of your music." -Robert
Duane Righter, originally from Los Angeles, California, started his music career in drums at the age of 12. Atlanta has been home to Duane since 1995. He is a musician and vocal performer with a strong passion to create, write and entertain.
His music background includes over 200 live shows with original songs and covers ranging from the 1960’s to present. His desire and goal is to continue as a songwriter and entertainer, sharing his musical entertainment with as many people as possible.
"When the audience can experience the performance on a personal level and they walk away touched by the music, THEN I have achieved my goal." -Duane
Dell began playing guitar at age 9 when his father, an accomplished ukulele & guitar player and major influence on Dell’s musical taste, gave Dell his first guitar. Dell’s style is a hybrid of genres having played in bands and projects covering smooth jazz, classic rock, blues, Motown, country, old standards, disco/dance and originals. Dell relocated from Valencia, CA to Marietta, GA in 2001 and loves the South. He adds solid rhythm and melodic leads to the classy sounds of Kona Music.
"I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of Kona Music!" -Dell
Rhonda "Lonake" Wade
Rhonda "Lonake" Wade spent her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been singing as long as she can remember! Her first solo was in church at the age of 12 and that is when she knew that singing was what she wanted to do!
With over 20 years under her belt, she was the original female in a Top 40 band, which headlined in Las Vegas and various casinos across the Gulf Coast. During the 90's Rhonda was a lead vocalist in an Event/ Corporate band in Orlando FL. With a diverse singing ability, she sings everything from Jazz to Pop to Motown. Over the years Rhonda has also been featured singing the National Anthem for the Atlanta Braves as well as a nationally televised marathon for NBC Sports. Confident yet humble, Rhonda is keenly aware that to make good music you must "check your ego at the door!"
Ko-na-tude (ko.na.tood) adjective
1: a feeling of tranquility or relaxation when listening to Kona-Music.
2. a complete absence of care or responsibility brought on by Kona's music.
These three ladies are a BIG part of Kona Music. Glenna is our audio and video expert who keeps our sounds clean. Sheri is our photographer, one of the best in the business, and Jenn is our webmaster, keeping our online presence "cutting edge."
Thank you, Ladies, we couldn't do it without you!
"Awesome!!! These are probably the nicest people you could meet and amazing entertainers. From the first time I heard Kona playing outside on the patio as I drove by the New York Pizza Exchange, I have been coming back every first and third Thursday of the month to hear more. So many popular songs from the 70's, 80's and more....Like 'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond. Duane has fantastic vocals, Robert on the bass guitar, & Dell on electric guitar, all are super talented. There is nothing more relaxing than an evening with friends and Kona-Music!!!!"
"Outstanding! Great variety of music that kept the crown entertained. Best music I've heard at Castleberry's to date. Get them back - make them regulars at Castleberry's."
"Absolutely fantastic band and great all around people. I don't look forward to anything as much as I look forward to hearing Kona!! Duane's vocal, Robert's smooth bass, and Dell's sweet sounding guitar. Ever since I went with my buddy Joel, I've been hooked!
Keep that Kona-Music going!! "
"With Kona you'll be transported in their time-machine of well loved classics. With Duane on guitar and lead vocals, he complimented perfectly by Robert's pocket bass playing and smooth harmonies; add Dell's smooth licks on lead guitar & Rhona completes the sound with her vocals. They charm an audience with their warm personalities and are a pleasure to work with professionally! "
Steve & Lesli Bryson
"I so enjoyed their great music they provided during the retirement party. These guys ROCK! If you have not hard them yet put it on your 'Bucket List'."
"Did not expect such good music. My husband and I travel to find good bands and Paddy's has not let us down very often. I would go to new establishments to see this band perform again."
"What a joy to have a group that brings beautiful harmonies and beloved songs to life with texture, warmth and color. When is the last time you were at a club and the crowd hushed when the band took stage?
(and that was an audience of musicians!)"
Kona's "Behind-the-scenes" gals