The Lost Hawaiians are Portland’s finest purveyors of Hawaiian music. Perfect for weddings, parties, and tropical-themed events. Also great for tiki, beach party, and surf themed gatherings. Specializing in Hawaiian music of the swing era, including traditional mele (songs) and hapa-haole jazz tunes. We sing in English and Hawaiian, and we always make sure to bring the Aloha!
We are long-time Portland jazz musicians who love the music and culture of Hawaii.We approach Hawaiian music with a spirit of respect and love. Our goal is to bring the spirit of the islands to the rainy Northwest!
Josh Gilbert has been playing music professionally for over two decades. Some years ago he visited Hawaii for the first time, bought a ukulele on Kauai, and became fascinated by Hawaiian music. He has since returned to the islands many times, and expanded his knowledge of Hawaiian music and culture. He teaches ukulele, flute, saxophone, and clarinet in the Portland area, and plays in numerous local bands, including The Little Big Band.
Twayn Williams is a gypsy jazz, swing and steel guitarist as well as band leader in Portland OR. Classically educated with degrees in classical guitar performance and composition, he has played a wide variety of styles since including rock, world beat, avant garde and has lately added the sweet sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar to his repertoire. An in-demand player in the local gypsy jazz and swing scene, he leads The Courtney Freed Five and The Hot Club du Jour as well as being a featured performer with The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra Ensemble Gitane, The Hot Club of Hawthorne, The Newport Nightingales and other swing bands.
Bernardo Gomez started as a classically trained musician in grade 6. After college he explored music from his Latin roots as well as Jazz. Today he can be found playing around town with groups such as Hot Club De Jour, The Little Big Band and The Shanghai Woolies