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15-year-old Kuha'o Case needs your help to acquire a piano and produce his first CD.  His dream is to touch others with his music.
15-year-old Kuha'o Case needs your help to acquire a piano and produce his first CD. His dream is to touch others with his music.
250 backers pledged $38,615 to help bring this project to life.

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An unarguable musical prodigy, Hawaiian-born Kuha'o Case is only three years into his own journey of personal discovery.  After discovering that he had a special connection with the piano, Kuha'o taught himself to play both the piano and the organ.  As if this accomplishment is not impressive enough, the most inspiring aspect of this young man's extraordinary talent is that he is blind.  In fact, translated from Hawaiian, Kuha'o means 'extraordinary,' and his middle name, Makana, means 'gift'.  He truly both posseses and is an 'extraordinary gift'.  In his short fifteen years, Kuha'o has already lived up to his own name.   

Anyone who has the privilege of hearing him play the piano is significantly moved by the magnitude of his gift.  He needs to share it with the world!

Kuha'o's dream is to be able to put out his first CD.  By reaching our funding goal, Kuha'o will be able to do just that.  He will be able to acquire the appropriate instruments (he doesn't even own his own piano), and the necessary access to a recording studio. On the Big Island of Hawaii, Kuha'o's musical opportunities are limited.  However, here in Utah, access to the appropriate resources and people has been lined up to help Kuha'o on his exciting journey of launching his first album—provided that we meet our funding goal!

Our goal of $30,000 will provide the necessary funds for:

  • Travel expenses for Kuha’o and his grandmother to come to Utah
  • Recording studio fees
  • CD production, including the printing and associated artwork
  • Photographer & videographer fees
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Equipment to help him manage and upload to his YouTube channel from his own home
  • Most importantly…HIS OWN PIANO!

See more of Kuha'o:

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VISIT KUHA'O'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. See more of how amazing his gift is and get a better taste of his musical abilities.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ezYCNFv35n2PomprtNX_Q?feature=mhee

Recent Emails from Kuha'o and his Parents:

We are so blessed to have such an amazing son. We are grateful for the opportunity with KICKSTARTER, so that Kuhaʻo may be able to share his love and gift of music with so many. With his unique style and creative renditions, he may just keep you wanting more. We are so very thankful and humbled by the kind words and support for Kuhaʻo from everyone. We are so excited for Kuhaʻo and his next adventure.

KeKai and Hana Case (Kuha'o's Parents)

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Hi Andy, this is Kuha'o, I'm very excited to say that great things are going to happen when I see you up in Utah. 
Right now, everything is going very well for me, and I'm very grateful for this opportunity to have you go live on Kickstarter. 
So, I hope I'll get to see you again soon, and I'll be there to go to the studio to start recording and producing the CD. 
Again, thank you very much, and we'll see you up in Utah for these great and exciting things to happen. 
Truly yours, 
 

Kuha'o Makana Kawaauhau Case

Special thanks to the following:

  • Kuha'o's family for their unwavering support and infinite encouragement; Kuha'o never could have started the journey without you
  • Willy Navarro from Image Sense Hawaii for the filming of the video
  • KUTA Channel 8 of Logan Utah for video production
  • Barbara Townsend for her endless friendship, support, & advocacy; Kuha'o is eternally grateful
  • Everyone else who already has helped, and will continue to help Kuha'o reach his dream

Video Links:

 

FREESTYLERS: CRACKS (FLUX PAVILLION REMIX)

GOTYE: "SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW"


BEATLES: "STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER"


DUBSTEP REMIX OF ELLIE GOULDING'S "LIGHTS"

JENNIFER LOPEZ:  "ON THE FLOOR" 

LINDSEY STIRLING:  "CRYSTALIZE" VIOLIN DUBSTEP

KANSAS:  "CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON"

COLDPLAY: "PARADISE"

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    REWARD 1: Vincent Van Gogh said, "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."

    Be a small part of Kuha'o's "great thing." Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    REWARD 2: Get your name on Kuha'o's website (KuhaosDream.com) under the page: "I helped kickstart Kuha'o's Dream." The final website will be launched September 2012.

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    REWARD 3: Digital download of Kuha'o's first CD. Also receive Reward 2.

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    REWARD 4: Hard copy of Kuha'o's CD. (CD to contain 2 bonus tracks). Also receive Rewards 2-3. Please add $10 to your $25 pledge if shipping internationally.

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    REWARD 5: An exclusive, limited edition t-shirt that will let all who see it know you played a part in kickstarting Kuha'o's Dream. Also receive Rewards 2-4. Please add $15 to your $50 pledge if shipping internationally.

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    REWARD 6: An autographed CD. Also receive Rewards 2-5. Please add $15 to your $100 pledge if shipping internationally.

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    REWARD 7: A personal phone call and a Braille letter of thanks directly from Kuha'o with an accompanying document that translates it. Also receive Rewards 2-6.

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    RECENTLY ADDED YOUTUBE VIDEO BONUS! For those that act fast, they'll get Reward #8 for a lot cheaper! Select this reward and Kuha'o will play your song of choice uploaded to YouTube, dedicated to somebody special. You'll also receive Rewards 2-6. These videos will be filmed and uploaded by the end of July! Do you have a birthday, anniversary or other special day coming up? Let Kuha'o make that day more memorable with a video.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    REWARD 8: A YouTube video of Kuha'o playing your song of choice. He will also dedicate this performance to someone, if you choose. Check out his cover song renditions on his YouTube channel (click on the videos to the left). Also receive Rewards 2-7.

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    REWARD 9: You will receive recognition on the Elite Donor's Page of KuhaosDream.com where you will be able to place an advertising link of your choice (subject to content approval). Based on the viral nature of one of Kuha'o's previous YouTube videos, we anticipate that this site will receive extensive traffic. This will provide a great advertising opportunity. Your link will stay on the website for 2 years. The final website will be launched September 2012. Also receive Rewards 2-7.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    REWARD 10: You get to select one song for Kuha'o's first album (subject to content approval). He will dedicate the song to a person of your choice in the CD jacket, and you will also receive a DVD of the actual studio recording of your song of choice. Also receive Rewards 2-7

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    REWARD 11: Are you an aspiring artist or singer? This reward is for you! You will get to pick a song for Kuha'o to play on his album while you accompany him. You can sing or play another instrument. Kuha'o's gift is remarkable, and this CD is history in the making. Think about how many people will receive this CD; maybe this is just what you need to kickstart your career and get noticed!

    Backers assume travel costs to Utah to record this song with Kuha'o during the month of July. We will set a mutually agreeable date and time.

    Also receive Rewards 2-7.

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    REWARD 12: We will give you credit as the associate producer on Kuha'o's album. Also receive Rewards 2-7.

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    REWARD 13: This is the ultimate reward. Kuha'o will perform a private concert for you. This will be conducted at a mutually agreeable time and place within the United States. All that we ask is that you provide a venue, piano and an audience that is excited to hear Kuha'o play! If you want to keep this private and only invite a handful of guests, or if you want to invite as many people as you can, we are okay with whatever!

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