By Howard Dashefsky
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- You may know her as the lead singer of the popular pop group, The Pussycat Dolls, but did you know she's a local girl, and that her name is Nicole?
You will now because that's the name of her new solo album.
Nicole Scherzinger is now stepping out on her own, and she's here in the islands hoping all her Hawaii fans will support her.
Her debut solo album titled -- "Her Name Is Nicole" -- will hit store shelves on November 6, and Rolling Stone magazine has already put the album's first single -- "Whatever U Like" -- on its hot list, predicting it's going to be a smash hit.
"I can't believe Rolling Stone said it's going to be huge," said Scherzinger. "You get to see a lot of different sides of me. A lot of people just know me from The Pussycat Dolls so that's why I named the album 'My Name Is Nicole' so people will get to know my name on this round."
Scherzinger was born in Hawaii and lived here as a child. Her family later moved to Kentucky. But like the saying goes, "You can take the girl out of Hawaii, but you can't take Hawaii out of the girl!"
"Other than singing, when I came out of my mother's womb, the first thing I did was hula dancing because my mother was a hula and Tahitian dancer," said Scherzinger.
Nicole is almost half Hawaiian and proud of it. In fact, one of the tracks on her debut disc is named after a fragrant local flower.
"I just wanted everyone around the world to be saying something in Hawaiian and I wanted something my family could pass around, so I have a song called puakenikeni and it's a lot of fun and I think the people of Hawaii will enjoy," she said.