Press & Bio

I was raised in the old sugar cane plantation town of ʻŌlaʻa(Keaʻau). For as long as I can remember music has always been a part of my life.  There was always a piano, guitar or some other type of musical instrument in my parents and grandparents’ homes.  There was always music at many of our family parties, and at church. My Grandmother, was the pianist for our local church. Because I was so “kolohe” or rascal, I was often forced to sit next to her during Sunday service and turn the pages for her so that I would stay out of trouble.

After graduating from Waiakea High School in 1993, I joined the United States Navy.  I left in 1995 for boot camp and then served for 4 years. I was stationed  in Yokosuka, Japan & Bahrain, Persian Gulf aboard the USS O’brien DD975.  Through serving in the U.S. Navy, I have had the privilege of seeing and experiencing the beauty and wonders of many countries all over the world.  I’ve actually been to over 30 different countries. Being at sea for weeks and sometimes months on end brought about some of the toughest days of my life. Playing music with my ʻukulele while off duty helped to make it to the next day. I would play and practice whenever I had free time.  Playing Hawaiian music that i listened to and learned as a kid and slowly taking requests in just about every genre from my fellow shipmates.  In time, I found myself with the confidence to perform casually on street corners around the world.  Being away from Hawaiʻi and experiencing the different cultures of the world, taught me to be proud of who I am, where I come from and to learn more about our unique Hawaiian culture, history and spirit of Aloha.

After being honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1999, I returned home and played music at nights for a living while utilizing the Montgomery GI Bill to attend college and obtain a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and minoring in music and Hawaiian studies.  During that time I met my wife Rayna. We now have 3 beautiful kids, Chaden, Davin and Brieanna and reside in Pepeʻeko, rural south Hilo .

I have been a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo since 2007 and am currently lecturing in the Hawaiian studies (Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani college of Hawaiian language), Performing Arts and Kinesiology departments.

In 2014, I released my first CD entitled “Me Ke Aloha”. Shortly after it was released I was nominated as a finalist in the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards(Hawaiʻiʻs Grammy equivalent) for most promising new artist.  A few months ago in March 2017, I released my second CD entitled, “Kuʻupau”. Both CD’s are available in major retail stores in Hawaiʻi, California and Japan and available through my website here.

Again, I would like to say Mahalo Nui Loa for visiting my website.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more about my services.

Me ke Aloha mau a mau(with never ending Aloha),

Lito Arkangel & ʻOhana

Weekly Performances:(Tuesdays 5:30-8:30pm)(Tuesdays 5:30-8:30pm)

Tuesdays 5:30-8:30pm:

Nāpua at the Mauna Lani Beach Club: http://www.napuarestaurant.com/

Thursdays 6-8:30pm:

The Waiʻoli Lounge & iCafe in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel:

http://www.queenscourtrestaurant.com/waioli

 

Recent Press:

Star Advertiser Review of Me Ke Aloha by John Berger
Hawaii Public Radio review of Me Ke Aloha by Derrick Malama
Review of Lito's 2016 performance at Kauai's E Kanikapila Kākou by Carol Kouchi Yotsuda