Iokepa Waiwaiʻole

Hawaiian Music, Keiki Workshops

ʻIokepa Waiwaiʻole comse from a long line of Hawaiian music entertainment. Music has always been an essential piece of his life and Polynesian Cultural music has always been his music of choice Understanding culture, music, woven with emotion and principles of old helps him to understand his ancestors way of life and how it applies to this generation today. 

 At age 3, Pūnana Leo o Kawaiohaʻo was the beginning of his understanding of the Hawaiian Culture. Learning the Hawaiian language has helped Iokepa to better understand the way of life of his ancestors. Being a Hawaiian language student by day, and member of a musical family at night, he was able to combine culture and music fairly easily. Coming home to mom playing and rehearsing her ukulele really inspired Iokepa to want to learn how to play an instrument. Iokepaʻs mother would teach him and his brother simple chords and simple songs to keep us entertained and occupied. Looking back now at those precious moments, inspires him to do the same with all “keiki” or kids with interest in Hawaiian music. 

Perpetuating culture through music will forever be Iokepaʻs goal and purpose to carry on his family’s traditions of Love, Aloha, Care, Malama, Respect, Hōʻihi, and Unity, Lōkahi!