- By age 3, she was involved in dance, violin and piano; she quickly decided her primary focus would be the violin.
- Made her debut as a soloist in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra when she was 6.
- Toured with musicians Josh Grobin and Jethro Tull and with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, where she was the youngest performer at 19.
- Released her first album, Music From a Farther Room, in 2004.
- Severed nerves in her left hand when she tripped and cut herself on a wine glass, which required surgery and physical therapy.
- Was told not to take acting class or read books on acting in preparing for the role of Annie in HBO's Treme.
- Attended Manhattan School of Music, New York, New York, United States