Aloha mai kakou. My name is Bryan Tolentino. I am a self taught ‘ukulele player from the island of O’ahu. I started playing the ‘ukulele at the age of 10. At the age of 12, my best friend Asa Young first introduced me to playing Hawaiian music on the ‘ukulele. Our early influences were the musical groups, “The Son’s of Hawai’i” and “The Sunday Mānoa.” After graduating from St. Louis High School in 1979, my friends and I decided to form a musical group called “The Side Order Band.” The group consisted of Asa Young on 12-string guitar, Delwin Beazley on 6-string guitar, and Chris Kamaka on upright bass, and me on ‘ukulele. We performed at various functions throughout the State.
Throughout my professional career as a musician and recording artist, I have performed and continue to perform locally and abroad with notable Hawaiian entertainers such as: Aunty Genoa Keawe, Jake Shimabukuro, Karen Keawehawai’i, Ku’uipo Kumukahi, Marlene Sai, Raiatea Helm, Jerry Santos and Olomana, Hoku Zuttermeister, O’Brian Eselu, Frank Hewett, Byron Yasui, Benny Chong, Herb Ohta, Jr., ‘Elua Kane, Sonny Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Jeff Peterson, Owana Salazar, Weldon Kekauoha, Aaron J. Sala,and the Side Order Band. I have also performed with award winning hula halau: Na Wai ‘Eha O Puna, Halau Maoli Pua, Keali’ika’apunihonua Ke’ena A’o Hula, Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Wa’ahila, and Kuhai Halau O Kawaikapuokalani Pa Olapa Kahiko.