About Mika

Mika Kane was born and raised on the island of Maui. He picked up his first 'ukulele at the age of thirteen and hasn't stopped playing since.

Mika's upbringing with the 'ukulele involves thousands of hours of practicing, watching Youtube videos and listening to playbacks. He has won multiple 'ukulele competitions in Hawai'i on the islands of Maui, O’ahu, and the Big Island. Mika was also invited to perform in the Maui 'Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, E Kani Ka Pilla Kakou music series at the Kaua'i Beach Resort Hotel, and the 51st 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii. One of Mika’s original compositions, Across The Sea, has been selected and featured on a promotional video for Ocean Vodka on Hawaiian Airlines. In January of 2017, Mika was humbled and honored to join the Kamaka Team. Throughout 2020 and 2021, Mika has worked at TheUkuleleSite alongside Andrew Kitakis, Corey Fujimoto, and Kalei Gamiao on Podcasts, Sound Samples, and future Membership Lessons, as well as working in customer service for the company.

 

 

As Music Major at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Mika studied in-depth classical music theory, aural training, piano, music history, form and analysis, and Bach counterpoint. One of his biggest highlights was taking an ‘ukulele class taught by fellow Kamaka Artist Dr. Byron Yasui, with whom he would later go on to garner his respect and become his private student. Together, Mika and Dr. Yasui both applied for the prestigious Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Grant Apprenticeship and were awarded the Grant in June 2017. Mika would continue to complete the first ever Classical 'Ukulele Recital at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, which also allowed him to graduate with his Bachelors of Music in Fall 2018. Mika wanted to continue his education at The University of Hawaii at Manoa by going for his Master's Degree in Educational Foundations. He has since graduated with his degree in May of 2021. He currently is a 'Ukulele Lecturer at Windward Community College on the island of Oahu since 2018, and currently works as an 'Ukulele Teacher at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility where he works hands on with juvenile students. 

 

 

Mika’s first CD, entitled Old Soul, was released in 2016 and spans several musical eras from the 1920’s to present. With a sharp ear and a knack for precision, Mika has skillfully combined his study of classical music theory and various 'ukulele prodigies all into one CD. Although Mika plays a wide variety of music, his focus gears toward playing oldies and jazz with a classical influence.