HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Legislature will be honoring local boy Bruno Mars for his great successes in his musical career. Tonight Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, along with Jerry Chang, UH Hilo’s director of university relations, and Bruce Coppa, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s chief of staff, will present Bruno with a certificate recognizing his outstanding career and saluting the impact he has made on the world with his music.
“Bruno Mars is an extremely talented young man and Hawaii is very proud of him,” said Kim. “He represents our state well and I congratulate him for pursuing his musical gifts.”
“His extraordinary career began as a musical child prodigy, and since then he has honed his skills as a performer, composer, songwriter and producer,” she added. “He’s an inspiration to many and has a bright future ahead of him.”
Bruno, 28, is playing his last sold-out show Monday after a weekend of wowing fans. Hawaii is the first stop on Mars’ second leg of his Moonshine Jungle World Tour.
Highlights of the Senate Certificate Honoring Bruno Mars
His friends and classmates at Roosevelt High School remember him as Peter Gene Hernandez, but even as a teenager he was showing signs of the tremendous talent within. The son of musical parents and professional entertainers, Bruno, as he was nicknamed at an early age, formed a band with friends and performed with his family’s act at the Ilikai Hotel.
Already a prodigy as a child, he honed his act and repertory, not to mention his musical gifts, during his many years of performing in Waikiki.Following his graduation from high school in 2002, Bruno Mars left the islands to seek his fortune in Los Angeles.
His career developed slowly, and it was only after he turned his creativity to composing did he begin to enjoy greater exposure. Bruno made a decision to focus on his songwriting and producing skills, helping other performers develop their careers. It was not until 2010 that Atlantic Records gave him the opportunity to sing in the chorus for his composition, “Nothin’ on You” recorded by rapper B.o.B., and he finally found himself as a pop performer as well as a composer.
Bruno released his first solo single, “Just the Way You Are,” several months later and hasn’t looked back since. The few short years following his breakthrough as a performer have been nothing short of remarkable, as he earned a Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance, had his debut album reach platinum status, sold 45 million singles to date around the world, copped numerous industry honors in the United States and elsewhere, been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and wowed football fans as the featured half-time act at the 2014 Super Bowl. Bruno Mars, a young man born in Hawaii, has become a musical phenomenon and a global icon, and an exceptional representative of the people of these islands.
The Senate and House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby commends and congratulates Bruno Mars on his outstanding career and extends our best wishes for his continued success throughout the years to come.