Capitalizing on the success of the award winning first album “Coconut wireless”, Kaua’i musician Kepa Kruse revisits catchy, island-inspired tunes with his follow up album “Electric Island”. In 2011, Kepa self-released an album that took the island by storm. Five radio singles and a 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano award solidified the release as an island favorite amongst a large demographic of people. Packed with humor, irony, and ear catching details, “Electric Island” continues right where “Coconut Wireless” left off. The observational humor and commentary on island life is a reflection of Rap Reiplinger and Jack Johnson, who Kepa lists as major influences.
After moving home from Los Angeles in 2011, where he found success acting in TV and film and composing soundtracks, Kepa comes full circle back to where he started. Reconnecting with home, family, friends, love and the ocean, this new album tells a unique story of modern island life. Kepa currently spends his time writing music and investing himself in creative ways to inspire island youth. He currently serves as chair on the board of directors at Kanuikapono School in Anahola and works with a team of volunteers to bring the new Kauai Creative Technology Center to life.
KEPA KRUSE – COCONUT WIRELESS. Kepa Kruse was born on Kaua`i to parents who both built and crewed on the Hokule`a voyaging canoe. Kepa’s early life stayed close to the beach (a three time national body-board champion), and to the music – singing and playing ukulele at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu and at clubs in Waikiki. No surprise Kepa’s music vibrates with the rhythm of the ocean and the rise and fall of the tides. His self-produced album “Coconut Wireless” deals with good friends, surfing, love, nature, chasing waves and chasing your dreams. The album is in heavy rotation on local Hawaiian stations such as KITH, KJMQ, and KQNG, with five strong radio singles “Coconut Wireless”, “Honey Girl”, “Green Bottles”, “Headers & Webbers” and “Cruise”.