Alan Akaka received his BEd in music and MEd in administration. Alan enjoys a successful career in music and education with a long stint at the Halekulani, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, and Duke's Waikiki. He taught at Kahuku High & Intermediate and University Lab School. At Kamehameha Schools he directed the Performing Arts Academy and established the Na ‘Opio Singers and Ensemble program at the middle school level.
Alan is considered a master traditional artist in the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Alan made numerous appearances in television and radio including KGMB's "Island Music Island Hearts," KHON's Morning News, Hawaii News Now, PBS' "Hawaiian Treasures," ‘OLELO Channel's "Ho‘oulu Lahui Aloha," KSSK's "Perry and Price Show," Hawaiian 105 KINE, AM940's "Na ‘Oiwi ‘Olino," TV specials for Japan as well as Japan Airline's in-flight program.
He was a speaker on music and education for the Hawaii Music Educators Association, the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese, and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association. Alan was featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Honolulu Advertiser, the Star Bulletin, TGIF and on the front covers of the Mid-Week, the Hawai‘i Magazine and the AAA Westways. He was invited to do a performance for President Clinton in Washington D.C. and returned later as a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center. In 2009, he emceed and performed at the Hawai‘i State Society's Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.
Alan is the chairman of Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) which produces steel guitar festivals throughout the state and also serves as chairman for the Advisory Board of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.
Statewide Steel Guitar Festivals
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kona Steel Guitar Festival