Nathan is 3-time Male Vocalist of the Year. He accompanies his beautiful vocals on guitar, sometimes interpreted by his beautiful dancer, Kelehua Kawai. He also demonstrates his extraordinary bass skills on his 8-string electric bass.
Nathan was born into a musical family and his early years were spent learning guitar, ukulele, piano, and developing his natural vocal ability.
In college he discovered a passion for the electric bass and he began accompanying performers such as Henry Kapono and Loyal Garner. He was Don Ho’s bass player for 16 years.
In 2002, he released his solo CD, E Apo Mai, which earned three awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year. Later, his CD, Bass Etude, focusing on the electric bass won the Hoku for Jazz Album of the Year.
For 8 years, Nathan was the principle singer of the group, Hapa, with leader Barry Flanagan. In 2005 Hapa released the CD, Maui, which won 4 Hoku Awards including the coveted Album of the Year prize. Nathan was again honored with the Male Vocalist of the Year award for his own solo release, making him the only Hawaiian vocalist to win this award three times.
In 2007 Nathan released second solo CD, Kane’ohe, which presents 12 original songs that celebrate Nathan’s home on O’ahu. He played every instrument, sang all the lead & background parts, and engineered, mixed and mastered the entire recording.
Nathan’s hula dancer, Kelehua Kawai, has enjoyed the art of hula since childhood. Growing up in Halau (formal Hula school), she danced in keiki hula competitions and later in the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. She began choreographing, instructing and dancing professionally. She is grateful for the gift of hula and appreciates every opportunity to share her craft and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.