University of Hawaii

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Ben Vegas

BEN VEGAS- With almost 50 years of experience, Ben has traveled the world over performing with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Tina Turner, The Pointer Sisters, Lou Rawls, Olivia Newton John Rufus, Kenny Rogers and more.

After returning to the islands from the mainland where he moved shortly after graduation to pursue his musical career, Ben was a member of the Krush and 5:05 The Band. Throughout his illustrious career, Ben has written five songs including Tropical Beauty, Puanani and What If it’s True which reached #1 on the airwaves in Hawaii and has been played in over 67 countries to date.

Currently Ben is 1/2 of the Nā Hoku Hanohano Award winning duo of Ben & Maila, with his beautiful and talented singing partner, Maila Gibson, as well as a solo musician at various establishments in town. He is also an accomplished music producer and jingle writer. Many of his compositions can be heard on the airwaves on both television and radio.

Another passion of his is teaching other students the art of guitar where he is able to share his love of the craft.


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