"When Bula performs, it is as if he draws the mana (power) from his surroundings up through his body. His 'ukulele and guitar playing is smooth, precise, and rich with technical details, and his voice and chiseled features convey every nuance of emotion." - KE OLA MAGAZINE
HONI HONI // RELEASED 9.29.17
Bula Akamu's sweet and soulful falcetto voice captivates crowds with his mélange of Contemporary and Island music. The guitarist / songwriter / composer / producer / teacher is as dynamic as he is talented. His latest album, Honi Honi, transcends Contemporary Island music with an infusion of bilingual lyrics and jazzy reggae beats. The album culminates in a truly artistic and original form to pay tribute to Hawaii’s sacred greeting of affection, the honi. Each track honors Hawaii’s magnificence in an epic representation of music in today’s culture.
Bula's family of musicians and entertainers ignited a love for music that would shape his career and later shape his community, too. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied music education and performance and earned a Master’s degree in Guitar. He returned to Hawaii where he turned his focus on Contemporary and Hawaiian music. Bula has become an island favorite playing regular gigs across Hawaii and on the US mainland.
Bula’s other love is teaching where he runs his own music school, Akamu Music Academy. The Academy started with six kids and some dusty, unstrung ukuleles and grew to into a program of mentorship and instruction perpetuating traditional island culture. Kumu Bula's students have performed all over the Big Island and have won numerous awards.