The music of KOHALA is an acoustic blend of folk, island and jazz, reflecting the beauty of the Kohala region on the Big Island where the band members live. The trio consists of lead guitarist, GRAMMY® Award winning Charles Michael Brotman, who performs a classical style on nylon strings, and Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido who have a distinct finger picking style on steel-string guitars. Diverse cultural influences create their distinct sound. The trio has performed extensively throughout concert halls in Japan as well as well as the mainland U.S. Kohala’s performances taken them to Nashville Symphony Hall (Tennessee), Wolftrap (Virginia), NPR radio, The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN), The Summerville Theatre (Boston, MA), Hawaii Theatre (Honolulu, HI), Maui Arts and Culture Center, Kuumbwa Jazz (Santa Cruz, CA), The Throckmorton (Mill Valley, CA), The Blue Note (Japan) Sweet Basil (Tokyo, Japan) and more.

GRAMMY® award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman grew up in Washington state and has lived in Hawaii since 1976. Charles is the first recipient of the GRAMMY® award for Best Hawaiian Music Album, Producer, for Slack Key Guitar Volume 2.  He has won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and nominations, and his recordings have reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart and New Age charts. Charlie Recaido, born and raised in Hawaii, performed and recorded with the group Summer, which toured the US and Japan in the late 70s with Kalapana. Recaido, was a featured soloist on Hawaii’s first GRAMMY® CD. Rupert Tripp Jr., lives in Hilo, where he was raised with a family of entertainers and musicians. He founded the band Nalu! whose hit songs have become standard repertoire in Hawaii.



GRAMMY® Award (2005): Charles Michael Brotman, Producer, Slack Key Guitar Volume 2 (Palm)
Hawaii Music Festival Producer of the Year Award (2005): Charles Michael Brotman
Na Hoku Hanohano Award (2005): Charles Michael Brotman, Producer, Hula! Big Island Style
Nammy Award Finalist: “Best World Recording”: Back to Kohala (2003)
Na Hoku Hanohano Award Finalist: Cool Breeze (2003), Lullaby (2001), Flying (2000)


“These three artists have recorded some of the most beautiful acoustic instrumental tunes I’ve heard in a few years – this music is fantastic! Kohala are exceptional talents … ” Wind & Wire
“Brotman is certain to have a bright future in contemporary jazz” Contemporary Jazz Review
“KOHALA…Call this exquisite!…The tranquility and delicacy of their arrangements…the interplay between the instruments…merits attentive listening” The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
“…KOHALA, an acoustic guitar trio residing on the Big Island poised to conquer Japan…” Billboard Magazine
“KOHALA…A new ethereal beauty with quiet uncluttered arrangements…The beauty and charms that constitute Hawaii.” The Honolulu Advertiser
“One of the most soothing CDs we’ve heard in a long time is KOHALA…” Honolulu Magazine
“For simply beautiful guitar instrumentals, look no farther than …KOHALA…” Islands Magazine