Marlise Ahuna, soprano, earned her Master of Music (M.M.), specializing in Vocal Performance, at the University of South Dakota (USD). She has performed with the USD Opera, the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Palikū Theatre in Kāneʻohe, Hawaii, Hilo Palace Theater, in Hilo, Hawaii, Hilo Community Players, Living Music Institute in Oxford, Mississippi, Druid City Opera Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Vermillion Community Theater in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Marlise is a former National Association of Teachers (NATS) state competition winner, placing first in Graduate Classical Division and Musical Theater Upper Women's division.

Ms. Ahuna made her professional debut originating the role of Lehua in Honu By The Sea, with Johnson Entertainment, both in Hawaii and on tours to Seattle, Washington, DC, and Monaco. 

She is an active performer as well as voice teacher/vocal coach.


M.M. Vocal Performance

Vocal Process - Online Singing Teacher Training, Week 1

NVM - Neuro Vocal Method Certification 

Recent Performances

Fall Studio Showcase 2022 - Wailoa Jazz Trio

Hawaii Science and Technology Museum

Nov. 26, 2022

Home For the Hilo Days 2021

Hilo Palace Theater

December 17-19, 2021

Way West of Broadway

East Hawaii Cultural Center

November 6, 2021


Live From the Empty Palace

Hilo Palace Theater

October 13, 2021


Beauty and the Beast 

Hilo Palace Theater

July 16 - August 1, 2021

Zoom Speed Dating Tonight by Michael Ching

University of South Dakota Opera

Premiered May 1, 2021