Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Matt Kobayashi

Matt Kobayashi

Masami "Matt" Kobayashi is from Tokyo, Japan, and currently resides there. He lived in Waikīkī from April, 2010, to March, 2016.

During his childhood era just after World War II, he enjoyed a lot of American Pops that were broadcasted through U.S. military Broadcasting Station FEN, the Far East Network. In Far East Network programs he especially loved 'The Hawaii Calls Show' and became enchanted by steel guitar sound that was played by Jules Ah See, Billy Hew Len, etc."

In addition to playing the Hawaiian steel guitar, Matt also plays the ‘ukulele, rhythm guitar, and keyboards including the piano and electric organ. In many music circles, Matt is well known for his ‘ukulele skills and performances, both in Hawai‘i and in Japan.When he lived in Hawai‘i, he participated in the annual ‘Ukulele Festival Hawai‘i.

Matt continues to share his music talents. In Japan, he performs with many of his friends at various venues close to Tokyo. When in Hawai‘i, Matt has performed at the Royal Grove Waikīkī and at the Barefoot Beach Cafe with an assortment of musicians including Leonard Jenkins, Charles K. Tilton, Ernest Kanoa, Steve Maii, Poki‘i Vaughan, Hovey Lambert, Ganor Kalima, Ernie Morikubo, Ronson Asuncion, and Keola Kaeo.

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