Moana Chang is known for her knowledge of Hawaiian tradition and music. She is a hula dancer, teacher and recording artist. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, performing and endless community service.

Kawai Cockett is a composer, chanter and singer with more than 30 years in the music business. He is a headliner at Honolulu’s major hotel showrooms and a recipient of a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Bill Kaiwa has been performing in Waikiki for more than 20 years. He is best known for his hit recording, “The Boy from Laupahoehoe.” He was also a regular on the “Hawaii Calls” radio program and has taught for HMI.

George Holokai has been an ‘ukulele instructor for 25 years and has a vast song repertoire. He is also a kumu hula, who was a student and later alaka`i of Tom Hiona. He considers his hula today to be an extension of the Tom Hiona style.


Gordon Mark is a popular ‘ukulele teacher, performer and arranger who has taught for HMI. He has adapted classical music to the ‘ukulele and has performed as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony.

Byron Yasui is an internationally known artist and music professor, as well as a regular HMI instructor. He has appeared twice at the ‘Ukulele Hall of Fame and is featured on the recent CD “The Art of Solo ‘Ukulele.”

Walter Kawai‘ae‘a is a well-known recording and performing artist, leader of his own group, “Kuliaikanu’u.” and “The Kahauanu Lake Singers” with wife, Luana, as lead vocalist and performer. He is also a Hawaiian history and language instructor.

Ron Loo is a respected music instructor who teaches ‘ukulele and slack key at Windward CC and has performed and taught throughout the islands. He is recognized as Master Folk Artist of Slack Key by the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts.

Dennis Keohokalole is a veteran musician, recording artist and music instructor who has played with Nina Keali’iwahamana, Jerry Byrd and other greats. He has performed in all the military bases on Oahu and Waikiki hotels and has taught ‘ukulele in New Zealand and for HMI.

Bryan Tolentino is a gifted musician who has performed at the ‘Ukulele Hall of Fame and has taught for HMI.

Al Canopin has performed with both Eddie Bush, Ohta-San and Roy Sakuma. He is considered one of Hawai’i's most accomplished `ukulele players.

Kelly Boy DeLima is the leader of the popular group Kapena. He is considered one of the best ‘ukulele players in Hawaii and has taught for HMI.


Casey Kamaka is a third-generation ‘ukulele maker in the famed Kamaka family, and has taught for HMI.

Nathan Ching is a veteran ‘ukulele and guitar builder who often gives workshops throughout the islands. His instruments are used by some of the top performers in the islands.

Mike Chock is owner of Hana Lima, an innovative school for teaching the art of ‘ukulele making, who has taught for HMI.

David Gomes has been a musician, guitar and ‘ukulele maker for more than 25 years. His guitars are highly prized all over the world and have placed first in the annual Woods of Hawaii Awards competition two years in a row.

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