Born Henry Piwa Ka'anapu in Wahiawa, Oahu and raised in the Kapalama area since the age of 5. Hanale started playing piano at the age of 10 years old and taught himself bass and guitar when he was 18. After high school, Hanale enlisted in the Army, served three years and joined the National Guards where he snuck his ukulele on training exercises and jammed with his fellow Guardsmen. After his military service he began traveling with the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau as a hula dancer and musician. In 1997 he began playing bass for the Hawaiian music group Tamala’i.
While playing gigs all over Oahu he established his audio company, Ha.Ka. Entertainment. Through his musical connections built over the years, Hanale became the audio engineer for well-known Hawaiian musicians such as Ho’okena, Ten Feet, The Makaha Sons, Keali’i Reichel and Amy Hanaiali’I Gilliom. He has traveled the world with some of Hawaii’s best entertainers and has developed an acute ear for creative arrangements and enjoys performing and perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music.