Herb Ohta, Jr. Appreciation of History
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PETER MOON

From the late 1960’s, there was one man that everyone wanted to emulate on the ‘ukulele.  This man is Peter Moon. 

Peter Moon was a major part of the Hawaiian Music Renaissance in the late 60’s, early 70’s.  He helped transcend the way Hawaiian music was being played.  As part of the legendary group Sunday Manoa with Robert and Roland Cazimero from 1968 – 1974, they inspired the young and the old with their style of music.  One integral part of their music was the musicianship and creativity of Peter on the ‘ukulele and guitar.

 In 1979, Peter went to even higher heights forming the Peter Moon Band.  With over 15 recordings to their credit under his own recording label (Kanikapila Records, Inc.), they toured Japan and the Mainland U.S.A, and won numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Best Group, Album of the Year, etc…)

Today, Peter Moon continues to share his feel for the ‘ukulele and guitar by giving lessons to people who want to learn how to play.  He is one of the reasons why many musicians in Hawai’i today play guitar or the ‘ukulele.

Band Leader
The Sunday Manoa (1968 –1974)
The Peter Moon Band (1979 – current)

Record Distributor
Hailona Distribution, Inc. (1981 – current)

Record Label President
Kanikapila Records, Inc. (1981 – current)

Concert Promoter   
Kanikapila (1970 – 1995)
Blue Hawaiian Moonlight (1981 – 1998) O’ahu  Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association

Formerly on Board of Directors:
Hawai’i Youth Symphony
Hawaiian Music Foundation
Rehabilitation Center of the Pacific

Teacher
Guitar and ‘Ukulele (Current)      

Note: This profile was written and given to Herb by Mr. Peter Moon for this website.
This photo(s) are from the Peter Moon Band Recording:
“The Best of Peter Moon” Panini Records PCD – 1013 (1981)