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The Best Musical Artists From Hawaii

Updated May 12, 2021 1.9k votes 223 voters 12.8k views82 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Hawaii or bands formed in Hawaii.

Here are the best artists and bands from Hawaii. Despite Hawaii's small size in comparison to other states, it has made some major contributions to the music industry. For example, the styling of the slack-key guitar is recognizable no matter where you live around the globe. The state has also impacted the country music genre with the introduction of the steel guitar, which can be heard in dozens of classic songs. One thing is certain. When you look at the best musical artists from Hawaii, you never know what you might get. 

From folk artists to rock bands, Hawaii has an incredibly diverse roster of artists to call its own. All of the artists on this list were either born in the state or raised there at some point in their childhoods. Don Ho's song "Tiny Bubbles" was a smash hit upon its release. All of the members of the band Iration came from Hawaii, and now, they play their smooth, reggae beats for audiences to enjoy worldwide. Other popular Hawaii artists include Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Jack Johnson, and Hoku.

Even if you come from the mainland, you will find artists here you adore. Determining who the most famous Hawaii musical artists are is entirely in your hands. It is up to you to decide who the biggest kahuna of them all is. 

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    Pamela Polland

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    Mike Starr

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    Anuhea Jenkins

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    Daniel Ho

    Music of Hawaii
    Daniel Ho (born March 5, 1968) is an American musician, composer and producer specializing in...  more
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    Kalapana

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    James Mercer

    Indie pop, Indie rock
    James Russell Mercer (born December 26, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and...  more

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    Coconuts Musume

    Pop music, J-pop
    Coconuts Musume was a group from Hello! Project that was formed and promoted as the "girls...  more
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    Mason Jennings (born March 19, 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American folk-pop...  more
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    Jerry Byrd

    Honky-tonk, Country
    Gerald Lester "Jerry" Byrd (March 9, 1920 – April 11, 2005), was an American musician who...  more
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    Melinda Caroll

    Melinda Caroll (born April 4, 1952, Jacksonville, Florida) is a singer, composer, record...  more
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    Napua Stevens

    Napua Stevens Poire (born Harriet Daisy Kawaiala Kao'ionapuaopi'ilani Stevens, August 31, 1918...  more
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    Bruno Mars

    Pop, Contemporary R&B
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    Abra Moore

    Pop music, Rock music
    Abra Moore (born June 8, 1969, in San Diego, California) is a folk-styled rock...  more
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    Martin Nievera

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
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    Khia

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    Pepper

    Pop music, Ska punk
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    Martin Denny (April 10, 1911 ‒ March 2, 2005) was an American piano-player and composer best...  more
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    Jason Reece (born July 13, 1971) is a member of Austin, TX rock band ...And You Will Know Us...  more
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    Tre Tru

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    Khalil Fong

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    Magnum Carnage

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