Uncle Wayne began playing guitar with his uncle at age 9, and has enjoyed many years of playing guitar and singing. He and his family entertained weekly at Knott’s Berry Farm for two and a half years in the mid 1970’s. He went on to perform as a single in the Orange County beach communities until he moved to the San Diego area in 1979. He continued performing private parties with his family, playing mostly Balkan type music. He had a love and interest in Hawaiian music since he was first introduced to it in 1974. Wayne joined the Hui O Hawai’i San Diego in 1999 and became active in their ukulele classes and music groups.
He credits Auntie Maelani Wilcox for teaching him proper pronunciation and phrasing of the traditional Hawaiian songs. Jay Wittkop had introduced Wayne to Maelani, and he continues to teach and perform with Wayne and others from the Hui. In 2010 the group Na Mele ‘O Pu’u Wai (music from the heart) which consisted of Auntie Maelani, Jay, Wayne, and Richard Nery performed “Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua” on the album titled “Ka Hula O Na Niu” produced by Rolltop Music in San Diego.
Wayne continues to perform with Na Mele ‘O Pu’u Wai, and occasionally by himself. He is learning on the job to lead worship music with his friends at their weekly Bible study. His love for the Hawaiian people, their culture and their music is close to his heart, as is his love of the Lord.