Herb Ohta, Jr.
“'Ukulele Nahenahe”


Hawai'i Music Award Winner
"Best 'Ukulele Recording"

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Winner
"Instrumental of the Year"

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Executive Producer - Lele Music Productions & ‘Ukulele Source
Producer - Herb Ohta, Jr.
Engineering & Mixing - Michael Grande
Mastering - David Ho, Audio Post & Picture
Photography - Ken Munakata
Graphics - Yuko Porter, Media etc.
Recorded at: Studio Ala Moana

Jon Yamasato - Guitar
Nathan Aweau - Bass
Jeff Au Hoy - Steel Guitar

I few years ago, I had the pleasure of doing a West Coast tour with Herb Ohta Jr (HOJ). I’ve heard of him, but never really got to hear what he could do on the ukulele. The first thing that hit me was his technique on the ukulele…”very clean”. I kept waiting for buzzes and missed notes, but to my surprise, every single song was so clean it almost sounded like I was listening to a compact disc…”it made me sick” (joke). The second thing was how he was able to express himself emotionally on the ukulele…I really believe that this cannot be taught. I looked out into the crowd and saw a bunch of people teary-eyed. I’ve never witnessed an emotional performance like this by any instrumentalist. It was not about how many notes he could play, the kind of scales or chords he used, but simply being able to emotionally tell a story with just his ukulele.

Since then, I’ve been a big fan of his as well as a good friend…and if you want to experience the emotion that I felt as well as many others, take a listen to my good friend…Herb Ohta Jr.

Nathan Aweau

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