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Artists of "Aloha by the Bay®" Music Series
The Nihonmachi Street Fair is truly grateful to the many artists that have partnerd with us to present the "Aloha by the Bay®" music series. Each of them are remarkable talents that are true treasures in our communities. Please continue to support them by purchasing their music and of course seeing them in concert.


Kūpaoa- Husband and wife duo, Kellen and Līhau Paik have been performing as the duet, Kūpaoa, for about a decade. After meeting while they were attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, they became friends, then bandmates, then partners and finally married in 2010. Through the years, they have been honored to receive multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for their 4 CD releases including: Most Promising Artist (2009), Best Liner Notes (2010), Island Music Album of the Year (2014), and Best Hawaiian Language Performance (2014). The title track of their most recent full-length album, Bumbye, written by Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, was awarded the coveted Haku Mele award at the Hōkūs this year and Kellen was also awarded the same prestigious award in 2009 for a song that he composed with friend, Iokepa Badis. As life-long students of Hawaiian language, they enjoy composing and performing their own original songs, in addition to the time-honored favorites that are loved by all.

The combined talents of Kellen and Līhau embody the name they've chosen for their musical presence - Kupaoa - suffused with fragrance, or heady with scent. Their talents are many, for they infuse musical ability and charm into two sweet, rich voices to offer up an invite blend, like a perfume that can be spicy , soothing, and alluring all at once. 

While the sound of the music will entice the ear, the content of their selections will engage the heart and mind.


Pomaika`i quartet featuring Carey Camacho, Kaluna Kamai-Paler, Grant Kono, and John-David Pomaika'i Andre Puli (JD), have been sharing their musical talents throughout Northern California.

Kaluna, Carey, and JD perform together throughout the Bay Area, and we are fortunate to have Grant (from O'ahu) in town for this special night! From the soaring falsetto vocals, melodic harmonies, Carey’s Mainland/Big Island kīhō'alu style slack key guitar, Kaluna’s Hayward /Waimānalo style ukulele, enjoy the diverse sounds of Hawaiian music that will warm your heart.



Kalei Gamiao - With 3 completed nominated albums to his name Kalei Gamiao been at the forefront of today’s ukulele revolution since 2008 when his debut album, “Contemporary Ukulele,” kicked up the demand for performances in the U.S market. After the release of his second album entitled “Redefined” in 2012 a greater demand for more of his music and performances exposed Kalei to hundreds of thousands of ukulele enthusiasts from around the world as he continues to tour countries such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S mainland. When his third album “Merry Ukulele Christmas” released in 2013 as a seasonal project it propelled and broadened Kalei’s repertoire to new levels as many web and social media sites provide instant access for his fans to stay connected to his music and the explosive world-wide popularity of the ukulele. With the release of his 4th latest album “These Moments” in 2016 he has already traveled and performed in different parts of the world to share his passion for music.

As a true ukulele virtuoso he sums it up by saying…“My ukulele expresses every word and emotion. I love to create and share my musical journeys for everyone to enjoy”

  Justin Young - Born and raised in Hawai’i, Justin Kawika Young first found success in the islands. He accumulated eleven number-one hits on Hawai’i radio and four Hawaiian Music Awards before relocating to Los Angeles. He quickly established a following in the local music scene there and connected with other singer/songwriters including Colbie Caillat, eventually joining her band. Justin toured with Caillat as her acoustic guitarist/background vocalist for four years and became Music Director of her band. After traveling the world and co-writing two songs on Colbie’s All Of You album, Young decided to re-focus on his own music and has recently completed an album which includes collaborations with Producer Jairus Mozee (Anthony Hamilton), Producer Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas) and one of his songwriting heroes, David Ryan Harris (John Mayer). The new music, which he describes as “R&B influenced, singer/songwriter,” will be released under his middle name “Kawika Young” to delineate this music from his previous island music sound. The first glimpse of this new sound comes in the form of a three song EP entitled, Million Breakers. Justin’s original music can also be heard most recently on the soundtracks of Point Break, Wild Horses and The Walking Dead TV series.

  Jon Yamasato has been part of the Hawaii music industry for over half of his life. Jon began his career as the lead singer for the award winning trio Pure Heart and has performed throughout Hawaii, the West Coast, Texas and Japan with acts such as Herb Ohta Jr., Na Oiwi and with guitarist/singer Justin Young. Jon has accumulated 5 Na Hoku Hanohano awards and has recorded with many Na Hoku winning bands such as `Ale`a, Keali`i Reichel, Keahiwai, and David Kamakahi. Always down for a good time, his laid back vocals and rhythmic guitar playing will bring you back to sandy beaches and cool trade winds everytime.

Patrick Landeza made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. The Hoku’s is considered to be Hawaii’s equivalent to the Grammy. Landeza is a Hawaii Music Award winner and was recently awarded Listen for Life’s “Musician of the Heart Award”. Listen for Life was the organization that produced a world music concert for peace at NY’s Carnegie Hall which Patrick was a part of. Born and raised in Berkeley, California to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Landeza is not only one of the top slack key performers around, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and the Mainland.


Jeff Peterson, recognized as one of Hawaii's most versatile musicians, is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. Jeff's passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. He has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and has been honored with five Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in Hawaii.

As a companion piece to his award winning album Maui On My Mind, Jeff Peterson’s latest release celebrates the island of O`ahu. Gathering traditional slack key favorites, island standards and new originals, O’ahu is a musical journey that richly illustrates why Jeff is one of the most in-demand guitarists in the islands.


Weldon Kelauoha has been turning heads in Hawai’i’s music scene since 1998. Whether he’s belting out soulful ballads or plucking bright riffs from his guitar, the gutsy songster from Kane’ohe, Hawai’i, puts a fresh spin on the classics and brings a melodious candor to his own tasty tracks.

Lauded by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Weldon grew up with an instrument in his arms and a head full of inventive lyrics. His lifelong training makes for gentle, rich, and innovative music that’s as musically nuanced as it is addictive.

His accolades include a Grammy nomination in 2014 and numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards that include Male Vocalist, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Favorite Entertainer.

Jack Ofoia and bassist Alika-boy Kalauli IV joined Weldon for the Aloha by the Bay. The trio continues to pair contagious melodies with crafted musical arrangements and to tell the kind of emotionally resonant stories you’ll remember long after the song is over.


Gary Kawiliau Haleamau, born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, he has become a well known musician and song writer, whom has made a positive impact on Hawaii’s music industry and lives of many aspiring musicians.

In 2008, Gary received a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Best Religious Album of the Year”, and nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year, Haku Mele, and Anthology of the year. Besides his solo career, Gary has performed and been a part of the Pandanus Club, the Sons of Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Band as well as Kāwili.

He has traveled from the U.S. to Japan and Tahiti sharing his music and touching the lives of many young men and women pursuing their career in music. Gary has given several Hawaiian Music Scholarship Awards throughout Hawai’i to students pursuing their career in music and/or Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Gary has also produced albums for Maya Soft Plan Co., Ltd located in Japan.

Gary now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada sharing music with his band “Kāwili” and “Hālau Hula o Kaleimomi”. He is the owner of GSK Productions, LLC and co-produces “Lei Day Las Vegas”, a Hawaiian event in Las Vegas.

  Faith Ako grew up in Hawaii in the 60's and 70's, music was naturally a big part of her family traditions and cultural heritage. Singing in the home and at church formed a solid foundation of her passion for music. Faith is one of the Bay Area’s premier female artist in traditional/contemporary Hawaiian and continues to grace the West Coast with her versatile soothing voice. She's received two Hawaiian Music Awards for her first album Kukahi, and her second album, Papaku Bring It Home, earned a Hawaiian genre Grammy entry in 2010. Traditional Hawaiian music is making its way back and is reviving its people and senses to what was once lost in the music scene. Faith's goal is to help preserve and promote traditional music of the Hawaiian people.
  JD Puli was born into a family of musicians in Hawaiian. JD plays six instruments — ukulele, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and drums — and sings. Always lending his talent to many causes in and around the Bay Area, JD recently has been featured on many social media post for his Aloha spirit as he continues to entertain awaiting passengers of Hawaiian Airlines.
Mark Yamanaka  

Mark Yamanaka came out into the Hawaiian music scene in November of 2010 with the release of his long awaited debut solo album entitled “Lei Pua Kenikeni”. This album was celebrated at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards taking home 4 big awards that put him aside Hawaiian Music greats Keali’I Reichel and Willie K. On his debut solo effort, Mark took home the coveted Album Of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (Kaleoonalani), and Most Promising Artist of the Year.

After three long years, Mark finally released his long-awaited sophomore CD “Lei Maile” in Nov. 2013. Since then it has hit The Top 10 Billboard World Music Chart, and nominated in 10 categories. The album Lei Maile received a total of 5 awards, with the first award being the technical best “Liner Notes” category and as the artist, Mark took home the “Single of the Year”, (Maui Under Moonlight), “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Hawaiian Album of the Year”, and “Album of the Year.”

Waipuna   Waipuna - Guided by strong musical roots, Kale Hannahs, David Kamakahi, and Matthew Sproat, have combined their eclectic musical experiences of the past 20 years to form the neo-traditional Hawaiian music group, Waipuna. These Kamehameha graduates pride themselves in respectfully pushing the limits of traditional Hawaiian music while perpetuating the music of their predecessors. The combination of instrumental prowess, strong harmonies, and a passion for music, has garnered these gentlemen with five Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, including the title of Group of the Year in 2012 and back to back Single of the Year awards for 2012 & 2013 and the 2014 Extended Play (EP) album of the year. Like fresh water that bursts forth from of the ground, Waipunaʻs music will refresh and rejuvenate your senses and expand your expectations of Hawaiian music.

Kuini, comprised of Iwalani "Ho'o" Apo (ukulele), Keli Mahealani Viernes (upright bass) and Kapulanakehau Tamure (guitar) < JOEY - Keao Costa will substitute for Kapulanekahau for tonights show>, was formed by accident. When asked their name at a party they played at, the word “kuini” (queen) came up, since all the band members are from the transgender community. And that name has stuck ever since.

Through Hawaiian music, the trio has kept their kupuna’s memories of old names, historic events and romantic drama alive.

In the 2012, Kuini took top honors at the Ka Himeni ‘Ana Hawaiian singing competition at the Hawaii Theatre. They sang in three part falsetto harmonies for the most part but big reaction from crowd when they suddenly switched to deep lower-register voices.

Kapena   Kapena has commanded stages in Hawaii, Japan, and the mainland United States for over twenty years. Their style of music has evolved over time, even with one of its original founders, Kelly Boy De Lima, still at the helm. The traditional island repertoire has evolved to include contemporary influences, so much so that Kapena has recently been described as “electrifying.” It may have to do with Kelly Boy’s now-adult children being active members of Kapena. The “new” band offers musical diversity for a new generation of Kapena fans, while still being able to satisfy the band’s die-hard fans. The talent of the family shines through as singer-songwriters and as accomplished musicians in their own right. Kapena (also the name of Kelly Boy’s oldest son) is the group’s drummer and musical director; Kalena (Kelly Boy’s daughter), is the band’s keyboardist and soprano, while Lilo, the youngest, plays string bass and in her words, “keeps the bottoms rocking.” Nearly all are involved in songwriting for Kapena.

Nathan AweauPhoto courtesy of Paul McAlpine  

Nathan Aweau
14 times Na Hōkū Hanohano Awardee, including multiple wins for Male Vocalist of the Year, Nathan Aweau is a gifted vocalist, innovative composer and musician. His vibrato rich vocals accompanies his guitar and stellar skills on his 8-string electric bass. Music critic Wayne Harada of the Honolulu Advertiser once wrote, “Nathan is that distinguished rarity…a jack of all trades, master of a wide domain.” He is definitely an integral part of contemporary Hawaiian music and continues to capture audiences world-wide with his music.

“Aina Hanau"
In 2015, Nathan Aweau released his seventh cd Aina Hanau. All original songs inspired by his beloved Hawaii – and his first grandchild, Queen Lili’uokalani, Tahiti, and Nagaoka, Japan (Honolulu’s sister city).

Raiatea Helm  

Raiatea Helm has hit her stride, defined her own style and matured to produce her best CD yet. Hawaiian Blossom is a stunning new collection of Hawaiian classics by Raiatea Helm, the young woman whose talent and music continues to bloom. Known worldwide for her sweet falsetto voice and amazing stage presence, she caught the attention of the music world with the release of her first album at the age of 18. Her second album Sweet & Lovely garnered a Grammy nomination and multiple Nä Hökü Hanohano awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Favorite Entertainer of the Year, bringing her into the international spotlight.

Steven Espaniola   Steven Espaniola’s debut recording entitled Ho’omaka, “to begin”, featured a mesmerizing collection of traditional and original Hawaiian mele recorded by Na Hoku Hanohano award winning producer Dave Tucciarone.  In 2007, Steven's musical efforts earned him the recognition of "New Artist of the Year" at the Hawaii Music Awards.


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