Lehualani Ehukai Kanoa (née Sandbo), better known by her stage name Lehua Sandbo (Romaji: レフア・サンボ), joined Hawaiian group Coconuts Musume in 2000, and took part in the first two years of shuffle units. She was the only second generation member recruited for the group after reportedly surprising the judges during the final round of auditions with two other girls when she was the only person to sing DANCE & CHANCE in Japanese. Lehua left Hello! Project in early 2002 to return to Hawaii and pursue her college education.
She competed in the 2003 Miss Hawaii Pageant, being named Miss Congeniality.
Lehua was crowned Mrs. Hawaii-USA on June 6th 2008, and competed in the 2008 Mrs. United States National Pageant, where she was named Mrs. Photogenic.
Lehua knew that she wanted to be an actress or singer since a young age. During her first year of high school at St. Francis School in Mānoa, Oʻahu, she was cast in the lead in her school's musical.
According to Lehua (in an interview conducted in 2003), she first heard of the Coconuts Musume auditions from her aunt, who read about it in a Hawaii newspaper. She said,
"I wasn't going to audition at first because I just finished doing a play. Something just got into me and told me that I had to audition for it, so I called and they said that they already had auditions, but they would still take my resume and some pictures and would call me if they wanted to meet with me. A couple days after I had mailed everything in, I got a call saying that they wanted me to sing for them."
After being called back for an audition in Waikīkī, Lehua sang her rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" (originally sang by Dolly Parton). A few days later, she and two other girls were finalists in the auditions. The second part of the auditions required the girls to sing and dance a Coconuts Musume song. Lehua shocked everyone when she chose to perform the Japanese version of Dance & Chance. After everything was said and done, Lehua was picked as the winner.
Her first recording at Hello! Project was not with the group, but with the 2000 Hello! Project Shuffle Unit, Aoiro 7.
The first Coconuts Musume single to be released with Lehua was "Tokonatsu Musume." After that single, the group released "Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU," which was also fellow member Danielle Delaunay's last single.
The three-member group only released one more single, Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen, before Lehua also went on to graduate.
Lehua was awarded the Miss Congeniality award for the Miss Hawaii USA 2003 pageant.
Lehua was crowned Mrs. Hawaii USA and went on to compete in the 2008 Mrs. United States pageant, the only nationally televised beauty pageant for married women.
In 2009, Lehua and Kapono Nahina divorced.
On March 2nd, Lehua and Adrian Kanoa got married. Soon after became pregnant with her second child.
- Name: Lehua Sandbo (レフア・サンボ)
- Full Name: Lehualani Ehukai Kanoa (née Sandbo)
- Birthday: February 7, 1983
- Spouses: Kapono Nahina (m. 2003; div. 2009); Adrian Kanoa (m. 2015)
- Children: Kaianna Lehualani Nahina (born February 4, 2004)
- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
- Birthplace: Haleiwa, Hawaii, United States
- Height: 5' 4"
- Blood Type: O
- Hair: Brown
- Eyes: Green
- Bust: 34
- Waist: 26
- Hips: 34
- Dress: 5
- Shoe: 7
- Ethnicity: Norwegian, Hawaiian, Filipino, Irish, Spanish, Chinese
- Religion: Catholic
- Interests: Acting, Singing, Dancing, Longboard Surfing, Shopping, Visiting Beach, Talking, School, Jazz Dance, Soccer, Life
- Favorite Color: Orange
- Favorite Food: Italian, Hawaiian, Gyudon, Ramen, Okonomiyaki
- Favorite Singers: Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Morning Musume
- Favorite Movies: Pretty Woman, Romeo and Juliet, Like Water For Chocolate
- Favorite Books: One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Kadin, The Gate to Women's Country, Season of the Sun, Private Pleasures, Siddhartha, The River Between, Maus
- Favorite Hello! Project Members: Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Coconuts Musume (2000-2002)
- Shuffle Groups:
Singles Featured In
- She says she still keeps in touch with other members
- She hinted of the possibility of a reunion tour in an interview
- In 2014, she posted a video on her Facebook of her singing "Aoi Sports Car no Otoko" a Capella.
|1st Generation||Ayaka (Leader) | Chelsea (Former Leader) | April | Danielle | Mika|
|Singles||1. Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version) | 2. DANCE & CHANCE | 3. Tokonatsu Musume | 4. Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU" | 5. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen|
|Other||Collaborations: Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ | Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection|
Other: Coconuts Musume | The Single
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Kiiro 5 | Aoiro 7 | Akagumi 4 | Minimoni | 7nin Matsuri | 10nin Matsuri | Happy♡7 | Sexy 8 | Petitmoni | 7AIR | 11WATER | ROMANS | H.P. All Stars|