Kohala’s music – an acoustic blend of island, folk and jazz – reflects the beauty and feel of the Kohala region on the Big Island of Hawaii where the acoustic guitar trio lives. Kohala features GRAMMY Award-winning nylon string guitarist Charles Michael Brotman with acoustic finger-style guitarists Charlie Recaido and Rupert Tripp, Jr. The trio has been together since 1997, they tour extensively in Japan and they have several recordings. They frequently tour and perform their repertoire as a duo featuring Brotman (left) and Recaido (center). Recaido was formerly with the iconic Hawaiian band Summer and toured with Kalapana. Tripp was a founding member of the Hawaiian band Nalu in the 80s and he is also a solo recording artist and songwriter of Christian music.
Their new recording, “Mana Road” incorporates percussion such as ipu, congas and cajon, yet remains true the ‘Kohala’ sound and the precision guitar performance Kohala fans love and expect.
“…the most beautiful acoustic instrumental tunes I’ve heard … exceptional talents…” Wind & Wire
“For simply beautiful guitar instrumentals, look no farther…” Islands Magazine
“A best bet for any situation that calls for soothing romantic music.” The Honolulu Star Bulletin
” Call this exquisite!” The Honolulu Star Bulletin
“A new ethereal beauty with quiet uncluttered arrangements…The beauty and charms that constitute Hawaii” The Honolulu Advertiser