About Us

Ke Kani Nahe

Ke Kani Nahe is a traditional Hawaiian music group that had its beginnings as a result of many kanikapila (jam) sessions with friends and family.

While playing at these various kanikapila sessions it became apparent they all shared the same love of Hawaiian music.

And Ke Kani Nahe was born.

Ke Kani Nahe have been performing around the island for many years at private functions, shopping centers, restaurants and just enjoy spreading the love of Hawaiian mele.  Places they have performed regularly in the past include the International Marketplace, The Town Center of Mililani, Waianae Mall, The Willows, Lola’s Grill and Bar, Nico’s and have also been finalists in the Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Contest and KITV’s Kanikapila Showdown.

Ke Kani Nahe’s music comes from the heart and they hope to share the beauty of traditional Hawaiian music with whoever will listen. Whether it’s for friends and family or seniors at a local retirement home, they just love to jam.

Derek Higa

Derek Higa

Vocals, 12 String Guitar


Derek’s roots in Hawaiian music comes from his background in hula. As a former dancer and musician with Keolaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka under the late Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire, Derek brings to the group music based on hula stylings with good ole chalangalang playing and a little bit of falsetto thrown in the mix.

He gives thanks to his kumu and all those musicians that he has had the opportunity to play with while touring with the halau all around the islands and the world.

Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe

Vocals, Kiho'alu Guitar


Growing up in the great Northwest, Michael has been playing Hawaiian music since his childhood. Although raised in the mainland, Michael discovered his love for Hawaiian music at an early age. After serving his country in the US Air Force, Michael settled in Hawai’I to pursue a deeper understanding of his Hawaiian roots in music.

Under the tutelage of the late Raymond Kane, Michael learned the finer arts of Slack Key Guitar, and toured with Raymond for 3 years before starting his own group, ‘Ike Pono. Now as a part of Ke Kani Nahe, he continues to share the art of Kiho’alu.

Jesse Gregorio

Jesse Gregorio

Vocals, Bass Guitar


Jesse Gregorio is an accomplished bass player and has played with numerous musicians over the years including Ramon Camarillo, Aunty Lei Aken and most notably can be found playing bass for Ledward Ka’apana Saturday nights at Honey’s at the Ko’olau Golf Course.