Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Ryan Hiraoka has quickly become a fixture in the local music scene. From his humble beginnings as a bass player while attending Honokaa high school, Ryan eagerly learned how to perform under the direction of Gary Washburn. With the help of mentor Danny Kennedy of the Manao Company, Ryan soon found himself performing with the likes of RJ Kaneao and Damon Williams. After high school, Ryan attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he received a BA in music.
In 2005, Rubbah Slippah Productions LLC was born. With nothing more than hard work and self determination, Ryan released his debut album, "Big Island Music." The entire album was written, produced and recorded by Ryan Hiraoka. The effort paid off as the music video for "Big Island Ladies" was featured on OC16's Overdrive Live. This success would then lead to numerous albums and hit singles. A few of which have climbed to number one on some of Hawaii's largest radio stations.
In 2010, Ryan Hiraoka received the "Na Hoku Hanohano" award. This is the highest achievement that the Hawaii music industry can bestow upon a recording artist. It is the local equivalent to the highly coveted "Grammy" award. Given to him for his album, "Before My Last Breath," the Na Hoku Hanohano award solidifies Ryan Hiraoka's place in the Hawaii music industry for years to come.