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A CA native with an incredible falsetto has a who's who of Hawaiian music on her newest CD

She's met and sung with dozens of Hawaiian music artists in recent years. (Image: Scott Ohana) She's met and sung with dozens of Hawaiian music artists in recent years. (Image: Scott Ohana)
CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) -

With her fluent Olelo Hawaii skills, she captured the heart of adoring fans all across the islands. 

After speaking with California-native Madison Makanaokahaku Scott in September 2017, Hawaii News Now caught up with her almost one year later.

Scott, who has been blind since birth, quickly went viral in the islands for her fluency in Hawaiian, passion for the culture and angelic singing voice in the leo ki'eki'e, or Hawaiian falsetto, style. Her story got over 730,000 views online, thrusting her into the spotlight of the Hawaiian entertainment community.

She quickly gained a reputation as a celebrity in islands, and through her humility, credits it all to the man above.

"God gives us so many blessings, we don't even deserve them. But in his kindness, he's given us the blessings of land and music and food and family and all of these amazing things," Scott said in a recent Facetime interview.  

It's that attention — along with her undying faith — that led her to meet local entertainers she's long admired. And now, at 22 years old, she's on the verge of releasing her second Hawaiian music album.

"I definitely can say that God still has really given me this passion for Hawaiian culture and language and music and I'm just very happy and excited to be able to create more beautiful music for people to enjoy," she said.

The album is a project about two years in the making. It's titled Na Mele Punahele, and is a compilation of her favorite Hawaiian songs like Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai, Pua Ahihi, Puamana and more.

One song on the album is an original composition written for her mother.

"I even told my parents, 'You know, I really feel like this CD is a step up from the other CD, and that I really feel like, by God's grace, I am able to sound better,'" she said.

Her first Hawaiian music album titled Makahaokahaku Gift of God was released in 2014 and featured covers of popular songs like Hi'ilawe, the swinging tune Noho Paipai and Alika — a song known for the long, drawn out high note made famous by Aunty Genoa Keawe.

Since then, she's continued to up the octave by pushing her voice to new heights in trying different singing techniques and exploring new songs.

On her latest CD, there are some familiar voices and talented musicians on the tracks such as Ikaika Blackburn, Ioane burns, Michael Keale, Jeff Au Hoy Keao Costa and Halehaku Seabury-Akaka.

"I asked Uncle Ikaika if he was willing to do an album with me or be involved on a Hawaiian album, and it did not take long for him to give me an answer," Scott said.

He was more than thrilled to join the album, as were the other artists who graciously agreed to offer their talents.

Scott and her family will be flying to Kauai to host a CD release party at the Historic Waimea Theater on Sept. 8. The public is invited to join the celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A line-up of local musicians and hula dancers will perform. To purchase tickets, click here.

The CD goes on sale Sept. 14 on her website, makanaokahaku.com, and will also be available on iTunes and Amazon.

Over the last year, she says she's continued to grow as a person with the support and love of her family and the community. She still speaks Olelo Hawaii frequently with her friends and family, and continues to improve with pronunciation and sentence patterns. 

Scott hopes her music continues to inspire people while capturing the spirit of Hawaii. 

"My ultimate goal is that people would be blessed and not just see the beauty of Hawaii, but really the beauty of Ke Akua," she said. 


Read the original report: She's fluent in Hawaiian and sings like a pro — and she did it all without the ability to see


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