Alan Akaka is from a family with deep roots in Hawaiian music. His father Senator Daniel K. Akaka, former director of the famous Kawaiaha'o Church Choir, played an important role in Alan's music beginnings and encouraged him through his development. As for the steel guitar, Alan has created his own sound and style, incorporating those of the masters of steel - David Rogers, Benny Rogers, Jules Ah See, Billy Hew Len, David Keli'i, Jake Keli'ikoa, and his teacher Jerry Byrd. He recorded with a number of artists including Genoa Keawe, Benny Kalama, and Sonny Kamahele. He travels throughout the world as an entertainer and guest artist perpetuating Hawaiian music while gaining renewed interest in the unique, lilting sound of the steel guitar. Alan performs as a member of the Keawe 'Ohana each Thursday at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and with his own group, Alan Akaka and The Islanders. Alan also has his own school, the Ke Kula Mele School of Hawaiian Music, where his students of all ages learn to play the 'ukulele, Hawaiian-style upright bass, guitar, and Hawaiian steel guitar.
Alan Akaka and The Islanders
Kaipo Asing (guitar) - Highly regarded for his creative vocal style and keen harmony, Kaipo's musical ideas deliver an invigorating quality to The Islanders' sound. No matter whether he plays an instrument or sings in full chest voice or high falsetto, Kaipo performs with style.
Gary Aiko (Bass) - Known for his deep, velvety voice Gary has become famous for his renditions of Hawai'i's love songs. Son of legendary Hawaiian singer Genoa Keawe, he is hardly a newcomer to the music scene. Gary has performed with the Hawai'i Calls show and throughout the world. He is the lead male singer of the Royal Hawaiian Band and also performs with his family, the Keawe 'Ohana, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. His recently-released CD, "Poina 'Ole 'Ia" was among the top 20 best-selling CDs in Hawaii for 2012 (mele.com).