2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Nominee for Most Promising New Artist
Lito Arkangel was born and raised in the small plantation town of Kea’au (Ola’a) on the Big Island of Hawai’i and has worked his way from backyard Hawaiian jam-sessions to being rightfully known as one of Hawaii’s best falsetto singers and entertainers. A devoted husband and father of three children, a US Navy Persian Gulf Veteran (USS ‘Obrien DD-975) and a University of Hawai’i, Hilo graduate, Lito also currently lectures at UH Hilo in the departments of Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language and Performing Arts.
“Me Ke Aloha” features Lito Arkangel on vocals and ukulele. Guest artists include Sonny Lim on acoustic and bass guitar and Dwight Tokumoto on steel guitar. This is Lito’s debut release produced by GRAMMY award winning producer, Charles Michael Brotman.
Lito forges a personal relationship with each song yet never relinquishes a connection through his kupuna to things past. His falsetto has many dimensions including some modern styling but he always gives a deep bow to tradition. ———University of Hawaii Professor of Performing Arts, Jackie Pualani Johnson
Lito gives his heart and soul in each strum of his ukulele, each breath, and each word of the mele he sings in these Hawaiian classics.——- Hawaii radio icon Skylark Rossetti
Arkangel does a beautiful job…exquisitely traditionalist…a memorable falsetto style.——John Berger, The Honolulu Star Advertiser