Brian Keolalani Mersberg
As the vocal nucleus of the band, Brian
continues to amaze listeners with his
"power notes" and range.
Holding the music through rhythm, Brian
is also knowledgeable in the art of hula.
As a student of Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i, Brian continues to seek council from his Kumu Hula, Kaha'i Topolinski, and further his learning of Hawaiian dance and culture.
For as long as he
can remember, Brian
has always loved music.
This passion began at home
and was nourished by both his
As a young boy living in Palolo, Brian recalls times when his
dad Stanley would pick up his
guitar, and his
mom Thelma would be at her
Together their voices would fill their home with song.
In 1971, the Mersberg 'Ohana moved from Palolo to 'Ewa Beach.
After settling in to their new home, Brian
first instrument - a concert-sized Kamaka 'ukulele.
It would be the beginning of his
Some years later while attending James Campbell High School
began playing the guitar.
had no formal training, but began by teaching himself different things by listening to music on the radio, and then imitating what he
He'd also try to learn by observing other musicians as they played...remembering what he
saw them do.
Playing music professionally, however, was something Brian
never thought about pursuing.
found music a favorite pastime and just something he
graduated from high school in 1980, he
was doing very little with his
It wasn't until he
started dancing hula for Kaha'i Topolinski (Kumu Hula of Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i) in 1986 that he
began to gain a whole new appreciation for the music of Hawai'i and it's poetry.
It brought Brian back to his
While a student of Kaha'i, Brian
would kanikapila with some of his
hula brothers after halau practices.
As Na Lei Mamo, Brian
would enter the recording studio to record his very first single entitled, "Nou E Lili'u"...their full-length recording.
The only thing more important to Brian
then music is his
lovely wife Kehau is his
greatest fan and supporter.
has been blessed with five children, four girls and one boy.
parents did with him, now Brian
passes on the love of Hawaiian music to his
children as well as the love of hula.
Aside from music, Brian
likes going to the beach, watching sporting events, hanging out with his
family and eating.