Edward Punua, a Certified Public Accountant by trade, is a co-coordinator of Ke Kula Mele's STEEL the ONE! program on Kauai. He studied with Barney Isaacs and has been performing on Kauai as well as South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Tahiti and the U.S. mainland.
Since the age of seven, his musical upbringing was encouraged and enhanced by performing in a Polynesian show with his family for the Victor Punua Polynesian Revue. It is there that he gained much experience with Polynesian music as a percussionist. Punua has instructional experience assisting his mother, Kumu Hula Ku'ulei Punua who taught the hula on Kauai for over forty years.
Ed was one of the featured steel guitarists in the 2012 Mele Mei Legends of Steel Concert in Waikiki and was a featured steel guitarist at the 3rd Annual Waikiki Guitar Festival in June, 2012, and most recently at the 2015 Maui Steel Guitar Festival. He was the featured guest at the 2013 Joliet (IL) Hawaiian Music Festival.