Matthew K. Akiona - guitar/vocal
Wilson Kanakaole - baritone ukelele/slack key guitar/vocal
Haku Asing - upright bass/piano strings/vocal
The trio started with a phone call from Matt Akiona to Haku Asing to see if he was available to open the Ritz Carlton Hotel. At the time Haku was working with Wilson Kanakaole and of course the two of them were available. So Matt arrived home on Maui, went straight to the gig with no rehearsal and boy, was it fun playing with the Brahda again just like old times.
They needed a name for the trio and Wilson said “how about O’Lapa?” Since O’Lapa means “To Flash, as lightning,” the three agreed.
O’Lapa opened the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua in 1993 and played there for six months. After that Matt had to return to Southern California to return to his gig at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. Today the trio are the best of friends. Matt still has his gig in California, Haku on Kauai, and Wilson back home on the island of Maui.