Kuikawa is comprised of Lukela Kanae, James "Koakane" Mattos, and Joshua Kulhavy-Sutherland.
They met in 2016 as students in the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii, Maui campus. As avid fans of Hawaiian music and lovers of good harmony, they formed Kuikawa and began to play their favorite songs, attempting to copy the arrangements of their idols (Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau, Brothers Cazimero, Ho'okena, Holunape).
This coming October will mark Kuikawa's third year together. They have just finished their 1st CD, with producer Dave Tucciarone and will be releasing it on March 23rd at the Bailey House Museum.