Aaron J. Sala to Serve on HTA Board
In June, the HTA welcomed Aaron Sala to its Board of Directors. He will serve as an expert on Hawaiian culture practices, replacing Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett who served on the board since 2004.
“We are pleased to have Aaron Sala join the HTA board,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “His extensive background in studying Hawaiian music, history and culture will support us in continuing to build and nurture our ties to the community.”
Sala’s background expands beyond Hawaiian culture and history. An accomplished recording artist, he received the Na Hoku Hanahano Award in 2006 for Most Promising Artist. Sala’s experience and knowledge of Hawaiian music also led him to work for Disney on projects including the Lilo and Stitch Huli Huli Ohana Bash parade and Disney’s Hawaiian Album: E Komo Mai. Since 2002, he has served as the choral arranger for the annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, where his arrangements have won numerous awards.
A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Masters of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology, Sala is also pursuing his doctorate degree. Fluent in the Hawaiian language, he has taught courses at UHM on Hawaiian mythology, Hawaiian genealogy and Hawaiian music.