This is a tribute website to honor Gary Aiko, a legendary Hawaiian singer and musician well known all over the world. His rich brown velvet voice, his unselfconscious dignity and ease, his genuine warmth, his striking appearance and wide repertoire combine to make him Hawai‘i's finest romantic baritone. He has appeared just about everywhere in Hawai‘i, almost every major showroom in and out of Waikīkī. Gary has performed all over the world, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil as well as many cities in the continental U.S., the most memorable being in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
Gary's lengthy music career first began singing in the McKinley High School choir. At age 15 he did his first recording with his mother Genoa Keawe on the 49th State Records singing "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" and "Kahana" as a duet. His professional singing career started at the Waikiki Sands restaurant. He later performed with Don Ho and many other local Hawaiian artists. He has made recordings as a solo artist, as a group with his brothers, and with other groups. He currently performs weekly with the Keawe ‘Ohana and at public and private events with Alan Akaka and The Islanders as a singer and bass player. He is one of the lead male vocalists with the Honolulu City and County Royal Hawaiian Band.
Gary is more interested in music and people than in the rewards of his profession. For him, singing is something to be enjoyed for its own sake…and shared with you. His mastery of his craft is evident in his strong and melodious delivery of Hawaiian music.
Known for his deep velvety voice, Gary has become famous for his renditions of Hawai‘i's love songs. Gary's golden voice has been compared to that of one of his favorite singers, Alfred Apaka, which he considers a great honor. Gary says, "If I am to be compared with someone I'd rather be compared with the best." Hearing Gary sing is an amazing experience that will be cherished forever.
In recent years, Gary has reduced his public performances but can be seen on occasion with his ‘ukulele at family gatherings and kanikapula.