Composer, innovator, traditional Hawaiian man. Brother Noland has deeply influenced contemporary Hawaiian music, is considered the “Father of Jawaiian Music,” yet remains in touch with traditional Hawaiian music and culture. Fluid in both Slack Key and standard guitar tunings, Brother Noland goes wherever the music carries him.
His newest album, Hawaiian Man, is a return to Noland’s traditional Hawaiian roots. “As far back as I can remember,” Noland says, “I was always surrounded by the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian Music. You can play the songs over and over and each time it’s refreshing and new.” Brother Noland is popular for his unique interpretations (or “Nolandization”) of traditional songs.
Born and raised in Kalihi-Palama,Brother Noland is most famous for his song “Coconut Girl” which launched the Jawaiian contemporary style. He has won numerous Hoku Awards including Best Reggae Album and his music is featured in several movies including “Pineapple Express” and “Snakes in the Plane”. He is regularly featured in Slack Key Guitar festivals around the islands. Despite all the accolades, Brother Noland has never forgotten his Kalihi Roots and through his art and culture, now helps at risk youth define their choices and make a quality connection to the community. His music always carries a message of positive reflection, while rooted in the reality we face today. A steward of the land, Hawaii is deep within Noland’s soul as he cares for acreage on Moloka’i, preserving Hawaiian customs, indigenous plants and animal species.
Brother Noland lives aloha and you can hear it in every note he plays. Don’t miss this special performance!