Herb Mahelona was born and raised in Honolulu, a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Mr. Mahelona has been an educator for the past twenty-five years.
In the classroom, he has taught various subjects, including world and Hawaiian history, art, music appreciation, choir, humanities (music history, art history, and philosophy), Korean language, filmmaking, Flash animation and web design, Photoshop, and music composition.
Aside from being a teacher, he is a composer, arranger, musician, web designer, and filmmaker. He resides on the island of Hawai‘i where he is the high school choir director at the Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Campus. He has been the principal cellist in the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra and he is the director of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Chorus, Mamalahoa Chapter.
His recent music projects include a Hawaiian rock opera staged in 2018 at Kamehameha Schools about the 1874 Hawai‘i election for monarch, pitting David Kalākaua against Queen Emma. Also in the spring of 2018, the Oʻahu Choral Society, Kawaiahaʻo Church Choir, Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus, and Hawaiian choral ensemble Kawaiolaonapukanileo combined forces to present the premiere of Herbʻs Hawaiian-language oratorio Kinohi about the creation of the world.