Ryan Kalama is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, freestyle rapper and teacher. He has been entertaining audiences since he was a young boy with his first stage role in South Pacific at 6 years old. Along with his brother, Kai, they carried on the family tradition of entertaining audiences, like their father and uncle before them. The Kalama Brothers have released two albums. Ryan has played with the greats in Hawaiian music, and was mentored by the talented Uncle Willie K. The Kalama Brothers have been featured on national television programming, including NBC and PBS.
For over 15 years, Ryan has been teaching and creating music with families and children. His work at Gymboree Play & Music, local preschools, and COPA (Capistrano Observatory for the Performing Arts), has helped him hone his skills as not only a performer, but an educator. He is comfortable with audiences of all ages!
In 2017, Ryan began exploring the world of freestyle rap and rhyming. He created Freestyle Friday, an interactive Facebook live performance, which encourages viewers to contribute to the content and musical creation. Since then, he has taken his brand of “hip hop in flip flops” to various corporate events and charity causes, entertaining the crowds with his fast-thinking freestyles.
Recently, Ryan has been busy creating original songs and beats for exciting new projects. He enjoys writing themes songs for podcasts, tv shows and voiceover work.
Ryan lives in Orange County with his wife and two young sons. Ryan believes his mission is to share the message of “peace, love and positivity” while encouraging people of all ages to pursue self expression and creativity.