Brian and Rowena Rasquez

Special guest

Your hosts and teachers, Brian and Rowena are about as close to the source as you can get. Both were bred, born and reside in the Hawaii, where the ukulele we know today was born. Together, they bring the magic of Aloha as they share their culture and skills through the ukulele.

Brian has been called many things, however, the one that comes up the most is "the Hawaian Santana" because of his ability to play a wicked version of many of Santana hit songs, Europa, Maria Maria, as well as other hits. Carlos Santana has influenced much Brian's music. However, many great musician have played a part in creating the music which is uniquely Brian. For that manner, many great musicians music has an influence on him. Many of them in his immediate family. His Grandfather Phillip, his biological father, Phillip, his Uncle Danny and his brother, Vincent. Brian took the all the influences and created a sound all his own "Brian Style".

Rowena is a huge part of the Brian and Rowena team. She is a trained public speaker and an accomplished graceful dancer, painter (see cover of Kona Daze), teacher and overall busiess person. Brian says "If it weren't for my wife, I'd still be playing nightly, in my own home."

Brian and Rowena spend an average of 6 months a year away from their home in Hawaii. They have traveled extensively, entertaining on land and sea. They entertain approximately 6 months of year on Princess Cruise Lines (see schedule).

Brian and Rowena Rasquez has been a guest on 3 episodes.