Ke Kani Nahe
Individually we come from different facets of Hawaiian music. Derek comes from a hula background. As a former dancer and musician with a hula halau, Derek brings to the group music based on hula stylings and good ole chalangalang playing with a little bit of falsetto thrown in the mix.
Shawn has a background in all types of music from rock to reggae but has come back to the music he has always loved. You might recognize his last name (Machida) as his uncle Al is one of the great Hawaiian guitarists of our time and former member of the Kahauanu Lake Trio. As the lead guitarist, Shawn brings to the table subtle background fills and hot Hawaiian ho'okani.
Sam is the ukulele player of the group but is equally talented on bass when needed. Sam grew up listening to and learning traditional Hawaiian music from his father. But for the last 10 years he strayed from his roots and mainly played reggae/contemporary music with various groups. He recently has come full circle and back to his roots where he is once again enjoying traditional Hawaiian music.
Aaron Oya is Ke Kani Nahe's newest member and holds down the bass for the group. Aaron not only enjoys performing Hawaiian music but is also an aclaimed ukulele builder working with companies such as Ko'aloha and doing custom work for private clients. If you catch him on stage, have a look at his bass guitar also which was custom made by him.
 
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