It's hard to write a bio when you're only a wee nineteen year old, so let's start from the top. 

I first picked up an ukulele when I was three, I still have it with my teeth marks and all. Then came bass when I was eight which lead to my interest in guitar and drums.

I am now majoring in music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. It's a long way from home on Kaua'i and my family, but I'm loving being out in the big wide world of music.

Enjoy my music and my various cat photos.

Lie Down Thy Raincoat and Groove.

- Eli

È dificile scrive un curriculum quando sei solo un diciannove piccinin, però cominciamo da capo.

Ho cominciato con ukulele quando avevo tre anni, cel ho ancora con le marchie dove l’ho morso. Ho preso mio primo basso in Italia quando avevo otto anni, che mi ha portato alla chitarra e batteria.

Adesso studio musica al Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. È lontano dalla mia casa a Kauai e mia famiglia ma sto godendo essere fuori nella grande mondo di musica.

Godete de mia musica e le varie foto de gatti.

Lie Down Thy Raincoat and Groove.

- Eli





Hanalei, Kaua'i

My family owns a groovy music shop in the heart of Hanalei on Kaua'i where we sell everything from ukuleles to hand dyed yarn.



"Our mission is to provide the most welcoming, supportive space for people (and dogs) interested in learning the wonderful art of making music and being creative. We believe music and art are for everyone. To that end, we carry quality entry level ukuleles and also the finest solid Koa Hawaiian handmade instruments. With our love of the creative lifestyle, we also carry a large selection of locally dyed yarns. We pride ourselves on a carefully chosen selection of vintage guitars and Hawaiian Steel Guitars. Our store is an educational center with group and private lessons available. With a stage and sound system, we also host unique musical events, from local Hawaiian music to international guests. We are very happy to introduce new generations to the joy of pouring over record covers and discovering great old music on vinyl. Come join the fun and feel connected."

- Hanalei Strings:




My mom, Tora Smart (aka Serena Jewkes), is a beautiful Jazz singer who has more musical ability than anyone else in the whole family. She just recently put out a lovely jazz record that she recorded with her father Noel Jewkes called The Carriage House Sessions. Give it a listen!

Available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon & CD Baby.



My dad, Kirk Smart, is a multi-lingual/multi-instrumentalist/all around badass. The coolest, and the grooviest. Feel free to check out his website for more information on him, his experience, and his work:



My grandma, Denise Kaufman, formed one of the first all female rock bands in San Francisco in the 60's called The Ace Of Cups. She appeared on stage with Jimi Hendrix, The Band, The Grateful Dead, and Quicksilver Messenger Services. She just released a 4 album project with her original band, The Ace Of Cups, featuring Taj Mahal, Bob Weir, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sheila E., and more! Check it out!

Available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Band Camp, and on their website.



My Grandpa, Noel Jewkes, is a Bay Area jazz multi-instrumentalist/composer. He's played with Jack DeJohnette, Jon Hendrix, and everyone else who's come through the San Francisco jazz music scene in the last 60 years. As a young man he opened up for Duke Ellington. He's also a badass.

His music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and CD Baby. Learn more about him on



Beezus "Bee" Smart, and a million other nicknames, is an Instagram icon and born chiller. There is also Granola, Blackie, Black Joe, and Grigio, but they don't get nearly as much paparazzi as baby Bee.



Millie Smart has the fluffiest fur and bushiest tail around. 

Everyone knows her, and everyone wants to be her.

She is also musically gifted and can kick the hell out of a tambourine.


Photos by Sami Livé, Kai Elmer Sotto, Megan Anderson, and friends.