Kamaka Artist

Bryan Tolentino

Bryan Tolentino is a self-taught ukulele player who began playing the instrument at the tender age of 10. His early influences were the musical groups The Sons of Hawaii and The Sunday Manoa. After graduating from Saint Louis School in 1979, Bryan and some friends formed a musical group called The Side Order Band. Bryan's repertoire is a mixture of Hawaiian, contemporary, and original songs, blending creativity and diversity with the ‘ukulele. Bryan is known across the globe as one of the legends of ukulele and music-making in Hawaii and abroad, he is also a part of the Kamaka extended family, also traveling with the Kamakas and sharing his love of music with countless people. 

“The reason I play Kamaka is that it is a perfect extension of my playing style! I love the intonation, articulation, and tone. We are family!”

Bryan has performed with the late Aunty Genoa Keawe, Karen Keawehawai’i, Jerry Santos and Olomana, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Napua Greig, Kuana Torres Kahele, Aaron Sala, Weldon Kekauoha, Hoku Zuttermeister and many more. He also found himself in growing demand for his contributions to dozens of recordings. He also released his own solo album “Ka ‘Ukulele Lele” in 2005 and released a duet recording with Herb Ohta, Jr. called “ʻUkulele Friends” in 2015.

“The reason I play Kamaka is that it is a perfect extension of my playing style! I love the intonation, articulation, and tone. We are family!”