Marvin Tevaga to perform free concert
LAHAINA – Marvin Tevaga, a Maui born and raised musician who comes from a family of Polynesian entertainers, will perform outside the Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina on Thursday, April 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
At eight years old, Tevaga first learned how to play the ukulele at King Kamehameha III Elementary School. Like most “kolohe” eight-year-olds, he didn’t take his lessons seriously and even stopped attending class! Eventually Marvin went back, and when he did, the most popular girl in school said that he was the worst ukulele player ever – in front of the entire class! That day, he pledged to push himself to become a musician.
Tevaga was blessed to be mentored by great musicians in the Hawaiian music industry, such as the late Wendell Warrington, who was his first ukulele instructor; Uncle Brian Haia, who taught him confidence and stage presence; and Grammy Award winner Uncle George Kahumoku, who gave Marvin his first ukulele (which he still has to this day). Uncle George was Tevaga’s teacher at Lahainaluna High School. In 1999, Kahumoku took Tevaga to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and said, “Marvin, if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can be here.”
Tevaga’s passion for music and mentorship reflects in his current position as the school resource officer at King Kekaulike High School. One of the ways he relates to the students is by singing songs of their favorite musicians, such as Justin Bieber and Charlie Puth. The students trust Tevaga and will call him when they need an adult to talk to.
In 2018, he was honored as the National School Resource Officer of the Year and Hawaii State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (Maui). He is currently teaching “Social Media Safety” in an effort to help parents and youth.
Follow him on social media at @MarvinTevagaMusic and www.marvintevagamusic.net.
Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. There is paid parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit LRF on Facebook and www.lahainarestoration.org.