Alan Akaka


Alan Akaka is from a family whose roots are deep in Hawaiian music.

His father U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka and former director of the famous Kawaiaha'o Church Choir, played an important role in Alan's music beginnings and encouraged him through his development.

His music foundation was further expanded at family gatherings, Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai'i. Kumu (teacher) Akaka founded and directed the Kamehameha Middle School Na 'Opio Singers and Ensemble. He was the director for the Performing Arts Academy at Kamehameha for 16 years.

As for the steel guitar, Alan has created his own sound and style, incorporating styles from the masters of steel - David Rogers, Benny Rogers, Jules Ah See, Billy Hew Len, David Keli'i, Jake Keli'ikoa, and Jerry Byrd (who was his teacher).

Recording artist and leader of "The Islanders" Alan travels throughout the world as an entertainer and guest soloist perpetuating Hawaiian music while gaining renewed interest in the unique, lilting sound of the steel guitar. He plays weekly at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Duke’s Waikiki.

Alan is the past president of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association an organization with members throughout the world that strives to perpetuate the Hawaiian steel guitar.

Name: Alan Akaka

Steel Guitar Artist


Director of Ke Kula Mele Hawai’i o Akaka

Leader of “Alan Akaka & the Islanders”

Birthday: June 13

College: University of Hawaii

Major: MEd Administration

Favorite Colors: Blue & White

Favorite Book: Change We Must by Nana Veary

Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Quote: “What goes around comes around.”

My favorite songs

I’ll Be Seeing You

I’m Going To Maui Tomorrow


Fav tunings:

C6th E-C-A-G-E-C-Bb-C

B11th E-C#-A-F#-D#-B-F#-B

E13th E-C#-G#-F#-E-D-B-E

FMaj7 E-C-A-F-D-B-G-D

Fav steel artists:

Sol Ho’opi’i

David Keli’i

Jake Keli’ikoa

Jules Ah See

Jerry Byrd

Joaquin Murphey

Music inspirations:

Benny Kalama

Sonny Kamahele

Jerry Byrd

Jules Ah See

Genoa Keawe

Steel brands I use:







John Pearse Strings

About Alan Akaka