Kahiapo Talent is a family run business run by Kawena Mechler and consulted by Suzi Mechler, each bringing to the company years of experience in the Hawaiian music industry. Both Kawena and Suzi were born and raised in Hawai‘i and are committed to the advancement of Hawaiian artists, music and the culture.

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Kawena Mechler brings years of experience as a professional hula dancer and production coordinator to Kahiapo Talent. Tony C. (Conjugacion), Weldon Kekauoha, Sean Na‘auao,The Ka‘ala Boys, The Kaimana Band, The Brown Boys and Sam Kapu III, and has danced for many of the top Hawaiian artists including Robert Cazimero, Keale, Brother Noland, Ledward Ka‘apana, 3 Scoops of Aloha, Ocean Kaowili, and many more. She has served as the Production Coordinator for Nalani Productions, and manages the choreography, costuming and scheduling for concerts and performances all over the world. She frequently performs and conducts workshops on major cruise ship lines, and was part of the performance troupe that accompanied the Governor during a visit to China to promote Hawai‘i as a visitor destination. She is a co-composer of mele, contributing her lyrics in the Hawaiian language on songs.

Suzi Mechler most recently served as Vice President of The Mountain Apple Company, Hawai‘i's most successful record label and distributor of music from Hawai‘i. In this capacity, she was primarily responsible for booking talent, marketing CD releases, and licensing music for film, television and commercial use. Prior to working at Mountain Apple, Suzi worked at KSSK Radio for 24 years, serving as Director of Operations as part of the management team that supervised the daily operations of Hawai‘i's #1 ranked station. As part of her responsibilities, she helped develop the highly successful Saturday morning Perry & Price live breakfast show, coordinating the scheduling of international, national and local stars on the show. She currently co-owns The Mechler Corporation and uses her marketing skills with Kahiapo Talent and in website development.


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