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Transcending Contemporary Island music with an infusion of bilingual lyrics and jazzy reggae beats, Honi Honi pays tribute to Hawaii’s sacred greeting of affection, the honi. Culminating in a truly artistic and original form, each track honors Hawaii’s magnificence in an epic representation of music in today’s culture.

Executive Producer, Composer: BULA AKAMU

~Vocals, Guitar, 'Ukulele


Recorded, Arranged & Produced by: MATI LAINO 


Horn Arrangments by: DUNCAN BAMSEY

~Tenor / Alto Saxophone





~Drums / Percussions




Written and composed with the deepest embodiment of aloha, Honi Honi pulls from the energy surrounding Hawaii’s sacred greeting, the honi. In ancient Polynesia, the honi was a common demonstration of affection by which two people touch forehead to forehead and nose to nose and the mana, or spiritual power, between them is shared.

As they touch, each person inhales, and as they do, they exchange with one another the breath of life. Bula Akamu shares with us his ha, or breath of life, as he immerses the audience in a world of beauty showcasing his sweet harmonies, bilingual songwriting, and intricate arrangements. As a true labor of love, this album speaks of enchantment and passion found in romance, paradise, reflections of the past, and dreams of the future.

Photo by: Jerusha Schoenhoff

Location: Kohanaiki (Pine Trees) Big Island, Hawai'i

Original music // "Honi honi"

This honorary greeting represents the exchange of "ha"- the breath of life, and the "mana" - the spiritual power between two people. As with the deep rooted meaning of the honi in Hawaiian culture, the meaning behind the lyrics of this song are deeply rooted within my heart. The inspiration for this song came form thousands of text messages in 2009. I was playing a for a luau show and my future wife came up on stage to learn to hula.


Being on vacation from Wisconsin, she didn't know many Hawaiian words. One of the first things I taught her was the meaning and importance of the honi.  From then on, our messages to eachother always ended in one word... Honi.


When she moved to Hawaii a few months following our meeting, I greeted her with a song. As our relationship grew over the years, the melody and composition of this song grew and transformed into what is now "Honi Honi".

Original music // "wahi pana"

Everyone has a wahi pana. It's the place that's most dear to you.. the place that you keep in your heart to visit at the end of a long day... the place of peace that fills your dreams at night. For me, my wahi pana is my hometown, Pahala, a tiny old sugarcane town. I can close my eyes and smell the sugarcane fields, remember the feeling riding down the dirt roads in my dad's truck and see me picking mangoes with my best friend.

Sometimes when I play music, I imagine myself as a little boy sitting on the steps of our plantation home playing my 'ukulele. Pahala town doesn't have any luxurious hotels or extravagant buildings, but it does emit a sense of aloha and love for the 'aina (land), kai (ocean), and it's po'e (people) which leave you wanting nothing else. This love is it's greatest comodity and what has grounded me for life.

Photo by: Sheri Prisby

Ahu'ena, Wa'a Kini Kini (Canoe), Kamakahonu, Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i

Photo by Ranee Keane-Barnsey

Nohea Point, Wai aha Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Original music // "Hawai'i my home"

No matter where life takes you, the beauty of home is that it lives within your memories and remains in your heart so you are never far away.

Home is more than a place; it's a feeling.

It's not until you leave home that you really learn to appreciate it and it's magnificence.

Hawai'i... my heart... my soul... my home.



Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort Wedding | LIVE Music + DJ | Gig Vlog 23

Hawaiian Ukulele + Guitar Soloist | Hula + FIRE SHOW | DJ + MC | Sound + Lights

Hawaii Sunset Wedding | Somewhere Over The Rainbow | Gig Vlog 21

Mauna Lani Resort Wedding | Gig Vlog 20

Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding | Gig Vlog 19

Kualoa Wedding | Live Music | Fire Knife Trio | DJ + MC | Gig Vlog 18

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Wedding | Live Music + DJ | Gig Vlog 17

Ohana Retreat Wedding | Kona Hawaii | Gig Vlog 16

Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding | Gig Vlog 15

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii | Coconut Grove Welcome Party | Gig Vlog 14

Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute, Oahu Hawaii Wedding | Gig Vlog 13

Hawaii Wedding + Special Event Entertainment | Live Music | Performing Arts | DJ

Perfect | Guitar | Camp Cover 02

Love Will Keep Us Alive | Guitar | Camp Cover 01

Kona live Music + Luau Show | Gig Vlog 12

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Wedding

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