By Diane Ako
She's small in stature - but huge in talent and charisma. Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as "the most talented girl in the world", Charice released her first international studio album, Charice, in 2010.
The Filipina singer was part of the cast of TV series Glee as Sunshine Corazon, and is also a judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor.
Now, the international sensation has a new album out this summer called Chapter 10. I was lucky enough to spend time with her talking about it. She told me it's a nod to her new identity and image; last June she announced publicly she is a lesbian.
"Since I came out it's like a message I want to send to everyone: This is the real Charice. It's something I've been wanting to record and sing. Some of the songs are covers and one is an original that my friends and I wrote. It's very personal," she explained. "The idea of the album is like the theme song of my life."
She stopped in Hawaii over the weekend to play concert dates on her Charice World Tour 2014. It's her third time in the Aloha State, and she says she always enjoys visiting the Islands. "I love Hawaii. The beaches, you can never go wrong. It's just a beautiful place," she reflected. She also feels right at home because "everyone looks Filipino too!"
What does she do on her spare time? "Shopping, ukulele. I just learned last night how to play the uke. I've always wanted to play and I got a gift, and I love it. I love to say I learned it here in Hawaii," she smiled.
Her tour goes from March to August - and she says it's going well so far. "The traveling is tiring but when you get to then place it always makes you feel good. The people who come to the show, they're amazing."
Her fans would certainly say the same about her!