Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival
Larry and Shirley Holu
PC - Kumiko Kakiuchi

Larry and Shirley Holu

Steel guitarist Larry Holu is a Hawaii native, born and raised on O'ahu. At an early age, his dad encouraged Larry to take up the 'ukulele, guitar, clarinet, and saxophone. His interests branched out to the Hawaiian-style bass, which he now plays for wife Shirley's hula halau.

Larry was always interested in the Hawaiian steel guitar. According to him, the sound of the steel guitar brings back memories of old Hawaii when life was much simpler. He started learning to play the steel guitar four years ago under the direction of his kumu, Alan Akaka.

Larry is currently with the Department of the Attorney General for the State of Hawaii. In addition to playing music part-time and supporting wife Shirley's halau, his other passion is riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Shirley is a vocalist and 'ukulele player. She is a vocalist in Pearls of the Pacific, the official singing group of Halau Na Mamo O Tulipa under the direction of kumu Leato Savini. She also receives vocal and 'ukulele training from kumu Alan Akaka.

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