The Kahilu Theatre will present multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning musician Nathan Aweau, on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. For tickets/info, call (808) 885-6868 or visit https://kahilutheatre.org/.
Nathan was born into a musical family. His grandparents played various instruments, his mother was a piano player, and his father taught music and was a choir director for many years and a Polynesian music teacher at different high schools.
During his college years, Nathan started his professional career accompanying performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner, and Nohelani Cypriano—to name a few. Winner of nine Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, an unprecedented three times (the only artist to have achieved this).
Nathan is known for his beautiful vocals and his musical prowess, particularly on the bass guitar, his favorite instrument. His Bass Etude album won Jazz Album of the Year honors in 2005. Often described as a musician with an in-depth understanding of orchestration, Nathan is proficient in piano, guitar, ʻukulele, saxophone, percussion, and bass. He also writes, records, engineers, and produces his own material.
Much sought-after, Nathan has performed with numerous musicians, was a member of the award-winning groups Ka’eo, the Ali’i’s, and HAPA, and played with the legendary Don Ho for 16 years. The New York Times hails, “Nathan… on electric bass and acoustic guitar, shows an advanced understanding of harmony and orchestration … his singing style is effortless.”
His traditional Hawaiian music features “leo ki’eki’e” (male falsetto singing), giving him a multi-octave range. For his six solo CDs, Nathan wrote and arranged every song, sang all vocals (including background), played every instrument, and recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered it at his In My Bathroom Studios. Nathan, who was classically trained, has run the gamut of styles, playing in jazz, funk, country, even metal bands, and Hawaiian ensembles.