Kanekoa describes its music as ukulele powered hawai’ian reggae folk rock. Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae and improvisation into a truly unique sound. Kanekoa consist of Kaulana Kanekoa (rhythm ukulele, lead vocals, lyrics), Vince Esquire (lead ukulele, backing vocals, sounds), Travis Rice (cajon/congas, kit, electric pads, backing vocals), and Don Lopez (u-bass, electric bass, backing vocals). Kaulana Kaneka, Vince Esquire, and Don Lopez are sponsored by Kala Ukulele.
One of Hawaii’s most sought after artists, Kapono Nāʻiliʻili, has performed with everyone from Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero to pop band, Crimson Apple. He has entertained fans in Hawaii, Japan, and numerous cities across the nation including Chicago and New York. Recognized as the latest half of musical duo, HAPA, Nāʻiliʻili is now concentrating on a solo career.
Brother Noland has deeply influenced contemporary Hawaiian music and is widely considered as the “Father of Jawaiian Music.” Fluid in both Slack Key and standard guitar tunings, Brother Noland goes wherever the music carries him. “As far back as I can remember,” Noland says, “I was always surrounded by the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian music.” Brother Noland is popular for his unique interpretations (or “Nolandization”) of songs yet remains respectful of traditional Hawaiian music and culture.