I contacted Pulama for my mom's 70th surprise party. I was looking for an authentic sounding Hawaiian band (since my mom was born and raised there) and came across their website. Paula was so quick to respond and their communication was great. Jim plays the steel guitar so beautifully and the harmony between Paula's and Jim's voices were amazing. Their sound is so soothing and authentic. There is such peace and purity about them. I wanted 3 specific songs played that night and they played them all. I have not seen my mom hula in many years and it brought tears to my eyes to see her hula that night. I cannot say enough about them and would definately recommend them to anyone!! Mahalo again Paula and Jim for helping make the day so special.

Christine, Wedding Date: 07/21/2012


Aloha, Welcome,

Be transported to the Islands by the beautiful melodies and lyrics of Hawaii with the music of P?lama.

P?lama is the vocal/guitar duo of Jim Romano and Paula Kauap?lauk? Rudman. They have been singing and playing the music of Hawai'i in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003

P?lama's evocative blend of close, pure vocal harmonies and slack-key guitar has been described as "like velvet for my heart."

Jim and Paula present their own arrangements of traditional and modern mele, hapa-haole songs and original compositions, arranged with artistry and aloha.

Paula's warm, lyrical vocals perfectly compliment Jim's scintillating slack-key guitar and rough-smooth tenor. "We are often told that is rare to find two voices that blend so beautifully."


Musician - Frequently Asked Questions
What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Soloist / Vocalist
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
What instruments does your group play?
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Microphones, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sample Performances, Sound/PA System, Vocals
Business Info
What types of events do you service?
Anniversaries, Baby Showers, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Christenings, Corporate Events, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Memorials

15 Reviews

Paul, Wedding Date: 10/26/2013
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

I cannot more enthusiastically recommend Pulama. Their beautiful performance during and just-after our wedding ceremony set the perfect tempo and mood for the event. Composed/experienced professionals, Pulama performed flawlessly even when faced with playing much longer than expected and needing to adapt to the other (multiple!) limitations of our venue. Pulama was key in helping us incorporate music that had personal meaning to us, even offering to learn/adapt new music for us. I knew we had picked the perfect group when a guest approached me afterwards (an experienced musician) and said, "I've heard a lot of hawaiian bands, but they're VERY GOOD!"

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Alisha, Wedding Date: 08/03/2013
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Jim and Pulama went above and beyond. They came to the venue a couple weeks before the big day just to get familiar with the area, demo different songs to see which ones we wanted for our wedding, they even added/learned new songs to their set because they had sentimental value to us. These guys came to the rehearsal and practiced the timing of the music with the ceremony and first dance. Their professionalism is the best I've ever seen. The quality of their music is amazing. They had us crying with the purity of the vocals and instruments, they set the exact romantic under the sea mood we wanted. They made all our guests feel like they were on the islands, one of our dear friends whose actually Hawaiian royalty said he felt like he was home. We can't thank you guys enough! You truly made our wedding unique and amazing and filled with so much love!! mahalo nui loa :)

Services Used: Musician

Kathleen, Wedding Date: 08/03/2013
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Jim and Paula were wonderful! A lot of the wedding guest commented on how much they enjoyed the music. They helped make the day perfect! Thanks again!!!!

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Brooke, Wedding Date: 10/29/2011
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Jim and Paula are an amazing team. They were pleasant and friendly and their Hawaiian music was just perfect for my Hawaiian theme. They went above and beyond for me by allowing my dad to play music with them. Thanks guys! You are the best!

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Free Phone Consultation and Complimentary Wedding Folder
We play the music of Hawaii for Weddings, Parties and Special Events. You can hear sound clips of our music at our web site, http://www.pulamamusic.com If you contact us about playing at your wedding, we will provide you with a free phone consultation followed by a complimentary wedding folder containing song titles, lyrics, translations and an audio CD. We will work with you to help you select the songs for your event.
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