Music Genre | Other
aoK’s first vocal performance on a microphone for an audience and caught on tape happened on the eve of his third birthday. He grew up on Maui in a large family with strong musical roots dating back to his great grandparents and some of his family members including his grandmother were recording artists. Kanikapila on Sundays, holidays, and at virtually any family gathering is a family tradition. When he was six, he moved to Oahu. In the second grade, he sang his favorite Boys II Men song for his class. In middle school, he sang in a band with friends.
In high school, he started to write his own songs, and in 2007 at 20 years old, aoK created the group CitySide. CitySide performed all over the Hawaiian islands (Waikiki Shell, Hooters Hawaii, Five-0 Lounge) and multiple hit records on the Hawaiian Radio stations(“Come On Pretty Baby”, “Lady Soul”, “Ooh”, “I’ve Tried”).