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Pulama

Albany , CA

LOCATION

Albany, CA US 94706 (map)

PHONE

510-526-8099

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Aloha, Welcome,

Be transported to the Islands by the beautiful melodies and lyrics of Hawaii with the music of Pūlama.

Pūlama is the vocal/guitar duo of Jim Romano... Read more
Aloha, Welcome,

Be transported to the Islands by the beautiful melodies and lyrics of Hawaii with the music of Pūlama.

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

Pūlama'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." Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What is your usual attire?
Hawaiian shirts and Hawaiian dresses, matching or color coordinated. 
 Please let us know what attire and colors you prefer for your event.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes, we will provide you with a complimentary wedding folder containing an audio CD, song titles, lyrics, translations and. We will also arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your music preferences and play for you.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
30 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the venue.
How much space do you usually require?
We can set up in a space as small as 7 x 6 feet. 
 The actual space we require to play is flexible depending on the size of the venue.
 We have sound systems to accommodate 20 to 200 or more people. 
 Including a portable, battery powered sound system that is perfect for the beach, park, or any location that does not provide electricity.
 
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel and set up time are included in the first hour of music.
 our usual rate is $250 for the first hour and $100 for each additional hour.
 

REVIEWS

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Paul
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
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!"
I cannot more enthusiastically recommend Pulama. Their beautiful performance during and just-after our wedding ceremony Read more...
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!" Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Alisha
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
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 :)
Jim and Pulama went above and beyond. They came to the venue a couple weeks before the big day just to get familiar with Read more...
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 :) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kathleen
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
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!!!!
Jim and Paula were wonderful! A lot of the wedding guest commented on how much they enjoyed the music. They helped make Read more...
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!!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Brooke
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
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!
Jim and Paula are an amazing team. They were pleasant and friendly and their Hawaiian music was just perfect for my Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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leeshoshgettingmarried
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
If I could give them more than 5 I would. We absolutely loved them. From beginning to end, they were the best. They just made us feel at ease. They worked with us, and did such an amazing job. I would recommend them to everyone. I just cannot say how WONDERFUL they are.
If I could give them more than 5 I would. We absolutely loved them. From beginning to end, they were the best. They just Read more...
If I could give them more than 5 I would. We absolutely loved them. From beginning to end, they were the best. They just made us feel at ease. They worked with us, and did such an amazing job. I would recommend them to everyone. I just cannot say how WONDERFUL they are. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Carolyn
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Pulama if you want high quality Hawaiian style music. Jim and Paula were very professional. About 2 months before the wedding they met with us to look at the wedding venue and talk about the songs we wanted played. We must have spent two hours with them. They brought a possible list of songs and played and sang for us. It was a wonderful experience. The day of the wedding they came early to set up. Everyone at the wedding and reception loved them. If you use Pulama, you are in for a truly exceptional experience.
I would highly recommend Pulama if you want high quality Hawaiian style music. Jim and Paula were very professional. About Read more...
I would highly recommend Pulama if you want high quality Hawaiian style music. Jim and Paula were very professional. About 2 months before the wedding they met with us to look at the wedding venue and talk about the songs we wanted played. We must have spent two hours with them. They brought a possible list of songs and played and sang for us. It was a wonderful experience. The day of the wedding they came early to set up. Everyone at the wedding and reception loved them. If you use Pulama, you are in for a truly exceptional experience. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Robin9
Wedding:
7/31/2009
5.0/5.0
The music was fabulous. My husband's family is from Hawaii, and they were very impressed with the performance, thought it sounded quite authentic. Soon after booking (within weeks), I received a folder containing song lyrics in both Hawaiian and English and a CD of music, both vocals and instrumentals. We picked out the songs we liked, decided on the order in which we wanted them performed, and emailed the info. Everything was handled conscientiously and professionally; Jim even came to Sacramento a week early to meet with our onsite wedding coordinator and confirm technical details (electrical hookups, equipment placement, etc.) for our outdoor ceremony. And did I say the music and vocals were fabulous?
The music was fabulous. My husband's family is from Hawaii, and they were very impressed with the performance, thought it Read more...
The music was fabulous. My husband's family is from Hawaii, and they were very impressed with the performance, thought it sounded quite authentic. Soon after booking (within weeks), I received a folder containing song lyrics in both Hawaiian and English and a CD of music, both vocals and instrumentals. We picked out the songs we liked, decided on the order in which we wanted them performed, and emailed the info. Everything was handled conscientiously and professionally; Jim even came to Sacramento a week early to meet with our onsite wedding coordinator and confirm technical details (electrical hookups, equipment placement, etc.) for our outdoor ceremony. And did I say the music and vocals were fabulous? Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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CG
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Pulama performed absolutely beautifully for our wedding. They have so much love and aloha running through their music, it was so special to have them play. They are also a joy to work with. Jim and Paula learned a song to play especially for our wedding and were exceptionally accommodating. We really enjoyed every aspect of having them play. Mahalo Pulama!!
Pulama performed absolutely beautifully for our wedding. They have so much love and aloha running through their music, it Read more...
Pulama performed absolutely beautifully for our wedding. They have so much love and aloha running through their music, it was so special to have them play. They are also a joy to work with. Jim and Paula learned a song to play especially for our wedding and were exceptionally accommodating. We really enjoyed every aspect of having them play. Mahalo Pulama!! Read less
Services Used: Band
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David
Wedding:
7/22/2008
5.0/5.0
Pulama was the best. They were on time and very professional at all times. We felt very comfortable with them, all most like they were family. I would recommend them over and over to all of our friends and family.
I want to Thank them with all of our hearts.
I would also like to say that Pulama came with everything that they needed to play and sing with so there was no drama.
Set up and take down was fast and clean and that is the way you want your engagment party to be.
Mahalo

Ps we would love to have them back for our 5th anniversary!
Pulama was the best. They were on time and very professional at all times. We felt very comfortable with them, all most Read more...
Pulama was the best. They were on time and very professional at all times. We felt very comfortable with them, all most like they were family. I would recommend them over and over to all of our friends and family.
I want to Thank them with all of our hearts.
I would also like to say that Pulama came with everything that they needed to play and sing with so there was no drama.
Set up and take down was fast and clean and that is the way you want your engagment party to be.
Mahalo

Ps we would love to have them back for our 5th anniversary! Read less
Services Used: Band

DEALS

Free Phone Consultation and Complimentary Wedding Folder
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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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