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
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
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.
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.