An Extension of Aloha
Our firm represents Chef Robynne Maii based out of Hawai‘i who was invited to a chef-in-residency at The James Beard Foundation’s new event space PLATFORM at Pier 57. We engaged Andy to share his musical talents at an “Urban Lū‘au” dinner to bring a slice of Hawai‘i to the overall experience. Andy performed Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai by Edith Kanaka‘ole specifically so that chef could perform a hula and it could not have been more beautiful. We are so grateful to have folks like Andy who embody Aloha and lifted everyone’s spirits that evening. While we are based in Hawai‘i, it’s heartening to know that we can collaborate with Andy when we are in New York.
You guys were great!
Everyone was so touched
We want to thank you for your wonderful singing at Katie and James’ Wedding. When our daughter walked down the aisle to your beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, everyone was so touched. So many guests let us know how lovely your playing and singing were. Hopefully we will all be able to attend one of your upcoming performances to hear you once again.
On our recent trip to NYC, my daughter and I played music with Andy and came away quite impressed. The guy can sing and play beautiful Hawaiian music with a touch of slack key! And he’s NOT from Hawai’i. Amazing.
Andy and Claudia, you were superb! Thank you so much!
SIMPLY CHICKEN SKIN
Aloha, Andy and Claudia. No Hawaii folks paʻina is complete without “good kine” Hawaiian music. Your playing at the SLS-SLAA Welcome Paʻina for the Mariota ʻOhana, East Coast alums, and other fans of “Crusader Nation” was simply chicken skin. You folks were great, and mahalo plenty for being there for the Red & Blue.
TOOK US BACK HOME TO THE ISLANDS
We felt like we actually were back “home in the islands”. Especially after the rain under the gazebo. It was like an intimate gathering of friends with a common interest and two entertaining performers sharing their aloha.
ANDY IS THE REAL THING!
Andy was so amazing the other night at the SubCulture Theater in NYC! As a native local from the Hawaiian islands, I do admit that he is the REAL thing! His guitar playing and singing voice are so heavenly… I look forward to more!
YOU MADE OUR WEDDING SO VERY SPECIAL
Thank you so much for making our wedding so very special!! It was so lovely of you to play so many special requests.
We received so many amazing compliments from our guests about your beautiful, romantic music — people said your music made them feel like they were on vacation, and some of the older folk commented that they were so happy that they were able to enjoy the music and still able to hear each other talk 🙂
Andy came to our Luau and he was fantastic. When our guests were busy in conversation, Andy kinda hung back and played quietly and when they were quiet, he came to the fore and introduced the songs he was playing and “talked a little story.”
He has a very nice Hawaiian repertoire and also plays ukulele. Nice voice too. He was the hit of the Luau. Also he was very flexible when we asked him to change his performance times.
A BEAUTIFUL AND MEMORABLE RECEPTION PERFORMANCE
Andy was delightful to deal with all the way from the beginning to the performance on our wedding day. It was very easy to let him do his thing and the guests loved listening. He was everything we hoped for. We only had a few song requests that we wanted to hear and he accommodated our every request. I only wish we were able to hear him perform during the whole reception, but being the bride and groom, we were in and out with photographers and family. Everyone in attendance talked about how beautiful it was to hear him play and sing and how it fit in with our style. I can’t thank Andy enough for such a memorable performance.
Andy was such a pleasure to work with. He was very professional and friendly. Our guests absolutely loved his performance during our wedding cocktail hour and wouldn’t stop talking about how good he was the entire wedding. Andy went above and beyond for us. We highly recommend him!
Food and music — a perfect pairing!
Andy provided the quality we always seek when putting on an event that represents Hawaii. I had the pleasure of working with Andy while implementing programs for several of Hawaii’s chefs at The James Beard House in New York.
Andy is a talented guitarist and vocalist of Hawaiian Music. He has performed on the East Coast and is part of an important network for the advancement of Hawaiian Music and the field of Slack Key Guitar.
Definitely hire Andy Wang!
Andy performed at our broker event at The Centurion Condo by I.M. Pei on the 27th of June 2012. The performance was amazing! Everyone had a phenomenal time. Andy Wang Music was ultra professional, they showed up on time, played an incredible set, and set the entire mood for our event, they even stayed later than was required. Definitely hire Andy Wang Music!
You are a cool guitar player with an incredible voice
WOW, you are a cool guitar player with an incredible voice. Loved the show, especially the music. It was such a nice combination of sounds.
Great afternoon at Jacob’s Pillow. That’s what I like. You never know what the performance will be. Yesterday was a real treat.
You raised the bar so far above our expectations
I don’t even know where to begin… It was such a pleasure and an honor to have had you play at our wedding. It was so important to me that my ceremony and reception spoke to my ties to the Big Island and your music and aloha spirit made the day so perfect.
My guests are STILL commenting on you and I am so pleased that we were able to introduce so many to true Hawaiian music that day! You raised the bar so far above our expectations (and we already knew you would be great) that I could not have asked for anything or anyone better!
I am so very grateful for all that you did for us that day and am still smiling. Mahalo nui for coming into our life and know that you truly have two new friends in Steve and me. Looking forward to seeing you again!
You’re a very gifted musician. Thanks for your great playing!
These guys were amazing last night. Book your next party immediately. Then invite me!
It was just a wonderful vibe from beginning to end. We are so grateful for your generosity in playing all that music on our tiny stage. We just loved it!
Thanks so much! You guys were fantastic!
Just had to give you a shout to tell you how much we enjoyed the music and hula dancers at our luau for the Madison Cooperative Nursery School. Everyone keeps talking about the entertainment. You definitely were the hit of the night. Thanks so much!
You have a true passion for the Aloha spirit & keeping it alive
Mahalo is too small a word for the great evening you & your troop provided to me. I was brought to some many wonderful memories of my three trips to Hawaii. I hope that the Lord blesses you with many of your dreams. You have a true passion for the Aloha spirit & keeping it alive. Thank you for what you do & will surely seek out your future performances & try to attend.
Your music brought me home
You guys were awesome! It was really nice to hear some real Hawaiian music here in NJ. I’m from Hawaii and get home sick a lot. To hear the music just brought me home… Mahalo!
Your performance was so much fun
Your performance was so much fun and the evaluations from the participants were great and with a lot of positive comments. I enjoyed spending time and knowing you as a person. You are so flexible and considerate. I will love to work again with you and the hula dancers.
We all are still talking about and swaying to the reverberation of your music! Thank you and your “team” for making it so beautiful and fun.
Hapa Experience NYC
The Hapa experience at the Danny Kaye Playhouse Saturday evening was kicked off by the master of ceremonies & Surfer, Peter Fonda, who authenticated the Hawaiian event with his own unique Waikiki experience that was moving.
The dynamic duo of Irishman Barry Flanagan & Hawaiian Nathan Aweau did not disappoint performing in flawless fashion running up & down the fretboard with great ease yet in a manner that could certainly put you to sleep as is the case with a gentle sea breeze or the cascading sounds of an ocean in motion.
Local talent Andy Wang, a former student of Barry Flanagan & Kihoalu artist, showcased his skills speaking & playing effortlessly with Hapa & for me, I could feel Andy’s excitement since it’s a high honor & especially for all of the work that he & his wife have done for the local Hawaiian community & the motherland in Hawaii promoting Polynesian culture with great pride & enthusiasm that is flat out priceless! I predict that Andy’s musical career will take off tenfold with the experience. Hana hou Andy!
Andy performed at my wedding ceremony and was fantastic. He played Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Pua Hone which were both first class. He showed his versatility when we asked him to play the Frames’ “Star Star” as the recessional song. Definitely highly recommend!
Thanks for being so amazing, both as a person and entertainer
I hire several different types of entertainers on a regular basis, but, I can’t say enough wonderful things about Andy Wang and his company. Whenever I have the need for Hawaiian styled entertainment I will most certainly look no further than this Amazing company. Professional, Talented, Polite, filled with love in their hearts, what more could any one person want or need from an entertainment company?
Thanks for performing at our member-guest event
Thank you so much for Saturday. Everyone had a great time. Having you there was a great touch.
Andy is an amazing UKE player!!
Andy added the perfect touch to our wedding! The beach was gorgeous and EVERYONE loved his music and voice!! It was breathtaking!!! Thanks for everything ♥ it wouldn’t have been the same without him!!
You made the party great.
It was great to expose our friends to the “real” Hawaii. Now they all want to go there. Will look forward to seeing you again soon.
Can’t wait until next year!
You and Chris have received such accolades. Thank you so much for all your efforts!
Make your event exceptional!
Never would I have thought that I would encounter traditional Hawaiian music on the EAST COAST. I was thrilled and VERY impressed when I met Andy. Andy’s music is from the heart, true to Hawai’i, and he proudly represents the art and perpetuation of Ki ho’alu (Hawaiian Slack Key). I highly recommend Andy Wang Music for any Hawai’i Cultural Event, he is great to work with – he’s organized, professional and will be the difference to making an event ‘exceptional’.
Honolulu Advertiser review of “Five Years and Many Miles”
Andrew Wang, one of [Darin Leong’s] guitar guests, co-wrote “Aloha Papalua,” which clearly has Island resonance.
Distinguishing notes: Darin Leong has had a long association with guitar and ‘ukulele; here, he has exceptional support from award-winning bassist Nathan Aweau, who’s also a member of Hapa.
You were really excellent
Thank you very much for Saturday night. I thought you were really excellent. Regarding your survey, mark my answers as excellent across the board and yes, you may use me as a reference.
A big mahalo for your kokua
We would like to thank you both for an incredible day of music and aloha you provided for HCF’s holiday party, 2006. We truly enjoyed the selection of music, your charm and warm spirit that filled the room. (And, especially some of the island’s oldies but goodies. YEAH.) Your spirit and sounds will carry us all through the chilly days of New York’s holidays. A big mahalo for your kokua and for your enormous support!!!
Much love and aloha,
the Hawaiʻi Cultural Foundation
Authentic Hawaiian Music
Thank you for performing at our events in New York and New Jersey. It was a pleasure working with you. I hope we can do it again.
You’re the best