Erika Hamano began playing music while growing up in Yokohama Japan, starting with piano lessons from age 6 and singing lots and lots of karaoke. At age 10 she started playing guitar, teaching herself from an old book of chords from the 60s and 70s. Upon moving to Hawaii before she started high school, she became interested in writing original music and is heavily influenced by the folk artists from the Woodstock-era and the alternative rock from 90s that she was raised on. She began composing and playing gigs at open mics and coffee shops around Oahu at age 15. Since then she has been a fixture in the Oahu local singer-songwriter scene, releasing her debut album called "Things to Break" on 'Aumakua Records in 2014 and has opened for acts such as Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, Mat Kearney, Meiko and Iron & Wine on Oahu and on neighboring islands. In 2013 she performed her single "Smoke Signals" at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards with an estimated 2500 in attendance. When she's not teaching she can be found performing around Oahu with her acoustic-rock band The Erika Hamano Band and is constantly writing new material.
Piano students 5 years old and up
Voice students 9 years old and up
Erika has been a great asset to our studio as not only is she a good instructor, but she is very dependable and will definitely be there for your music lessons on a regular basis. She is easy going, and very likable, and she adapts to fit to the students needs and expectations. Erika has a passion to perform in which you can find her in the contemporary island music scene as a solo performer.
~ Chuck James