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The Beginning

Dayton was born and raised on the island of Oahu.  He always loved music, but didn’t pick up the guitar till after college.  He learned Slack Key by accident.  After becoming friends with Bobby Moderow Jr. (from the Hoku Award winning group, Maunalua), he asked Bobby to teach him how to play guitar.  At the time, Dayton had no idea what Slack Key was, and he had no idea Bobby was going to teach him Slack Key.  He thought he was going to learn standard tuning guitar.  As soon as Dayton started learning Slack Key, it became his passion.  After taking lessons for one year, Bobby asked him to help teach.  While teaching private lessons, Dayton also got hired to teach Slack Key at LCC for several years.


Dayton learned standard tuning on his own, from friends, books, and the internet.  He now plays and sings a huge variety of music- everything from Slack Key/Traditional Hawaiian, to John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Bobby Caldwell, John Legend, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and even some Alternative Rock.  He began playing at Weddings and private gigs by 2000.

More Recently

Since 2008, Dayton has been playing full-time at various venues like Hilton Hawaiian Village, Princess Kaiulani, Moana Surfrider, Maitai Bar Alamoana, Jimmy Buffet’s, Elks Club, and Roy’s Restaurant Hawaii Kai.  The Great thing about Hawaii is that people love live music at every event- Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners, Baby 1st Luau, Company Parties, Graduation, Birthday’s, Christmas Parties, Art Shows, just about anything you can think of.  Because of his strong passion for music, Dayton is constantly learning new music.  You can find him playing around town in the live music scene, enjoying every minute of it!