Louis Robert “Moon” Kauakahi grew up in Nānākuli on the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu.
His mother hails from Kēʻei, South Kona on the island of Hawaiʻi; his father from Wainiha, Hanalei on the island of Kauaʻi. He graduated from Nānākuli High & Intermediate School and attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Leeward, Honolulu, and Kapiʻolani Community College, as well as numerous military schools and universities throughout the mainland.
Before working for the Queen as a Community Building Facilitator, Moon worked for the State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Defense where he served for 28 years as both an artilleryman (12 years) and an administrative supervisor (16 years) with the Human Resources Office.
He also retired from the life of a fulltime musician of over 40 years. Nowadays he performs only part-time, with groups and other noted Hawaiian musicians needing his assistance, when time permits him to do so.
Moon still composes music and chants, still arranges music for other groups in Hawaiian music, and reads voraciously. His yard is his passion as he delves into it endlessly after work and on weekends.
One thing Moon is most thankful for is waking up daily to a new sunrise, knowing that Ke Akua has granted him another day here on Earth to love and cherish all around him.
The most significant value he tries to uphold in his life is “haʻahaʻa” – to be humble with no walls to block what was, what is, and what is yet to come.
Moon is inspired by this saying:
“It is not our destiny to fear the storm, but to learn to dance in the rain.” – Dr. Terrence J. Roberts