Machado, Lena (Kaulumau Wai‘ale‘ale )
- Jenni Veitch-Olson
(Kaulumau Wai‘ale‘ale )
(b Honolulu, HI, Oct 16, 1903; d Honolulu, HI, Jan 22, 1974). Hawaiian composer and bandleader. Born to musical parents, she learned the ancient Hawaiian style of singing, storytelling, and playing ukulele by imitating the chanting and high-pitched vocal leaps of elder master teachers. In 1926 she married Luciano Machado and accepted an invitation as the featured soloist with the Royal Hawaiian Band. A year later the Brunswick-Balke-Collender record company of Muskegon, Michigan, first recorded Machado, and thus earned the singer the widespread acknowledgement as the first woman in Hawaii to make a recording for a major record label. The San Francisco World’s Fair in 1939 brought the singer to California, and she performed throughout the West Coast for several years. On the brink of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Machado returned to Hawaii, and accepted a radio broadcast contract with the USO. She toured extensively throughout the United States until her husband’s death in ...