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Alan Akaka

Alan Akaka 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.

His CD "Simply Steel: Songs of Old Hawaii" was a Na Hoku Hanohano Instrumental Album of the Year nominee in 2011.

Greg Sardinha

Greg Sardinha Greg has showcased his Hawaiian steel guitar talent performing locally in Hawaii and abroad. He's contributed to numerous recording projects with a variety of recording artists and has adapted his styling of the Hawaiian steel guitar to a diverse group of musical styles such as traditional Hawaiian, contemporary Hawaiian, reggae, country, folk and jazz.

Greg has the reputation as the steel guitar player who has the ability to present old Hawaii with a contemporary twist. His latest CD, "Stainless - Steel Guitar Stylings of Greg Sardinha" reflects his playing diversity and zest for "pushing the edge" and was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Instrumental Album of the Year in 2014.

Besides keeping busy with live performances and studio session work, Greg also has a recording studio called "sma`Kine Recordings" and a record company "Keala Records". His record company has consistently released quality contributions to the continuing legacy of the Hawaiian steel guitar.