Kanaka Waiwai, featuring Uncle Richard
Ekolu Mea Nui, featuring Kawika Kahiapo
Ua Mau, featuring George Kahumoku Jr
These 3 Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” are all ordained ministers, or kahu. This holiday season, they share their deep love of Hawaiian hymn traditions. The songs are distinctly Hawaiian, yet somehow familiar. The hymns of Hawai'i are songs that George Kahumoku, Jr. sang as a child growing up on Hawai‘i Island, and that have helped to hold his family together over several generations. George learned these hymns, the hïmeni, as a young boy seated with his parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and their children around the kitchen table. Tour dates Dec 2016.
Four-time Grammy-winner and multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. is known as “Hawai‘i’s Renaissance Man” – musician, vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.
National Heritage Fellow Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i, renowned for ‘ukulele and leo ki`eki`e, traditional Hawaiian falsetto singing, has a unique yodeling style and delightful stage presence that immediately engages audiences.
Award-winning Slack Key Guitarist David “Kawika” Kahiapo most recently won two 2015 Na Hoku Awards for his 2 newest releases, one for Slack Key Guitar Album of the Year, the other for Island Album. A regular at Jack Johnson’s Kokua Fests, his slack key roots and commitment to Hawaiian culture run deep.
“Love for the islands, its people, `ohana, and Ke Akua (God), are what inspires me, while staying committed to perpetuating ‘true’ Hawaiian music, the culture...” —Kawika Kahiapo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
George Kahumoku, Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i and Kawika Kahiapo are not only regular artists on George Kahumoku’s renowned Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar® series on Maui, and his Grammy award-winning CDs, but all three are ordained ministers, or kahu. With a deep commitment to Hawaiian culture, they feature the hymns that began when the missionaries first brought melody to the islands and which have become their own genre of Hawaiian music.
GEORGE KAHUMOKU JR. lives on Maui with his wife, Nancy, maintaining their 3-acre farm, growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi) and tending goats, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. With over 25 solo, collaboration, and compilation CDs to his name, George celebrates over 10 years of his famed weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, which produced 4 Grammy-winning CDs. He founded the Hawaiian Music Institute at University of Hawai‘i-Maui College to preserve the legacy of Hawaiian music and to prepare the next generation for careers in music. A renowned storyteller, George collaborated on the book A Hawaiian Life with long-time friend Paul Konwiser to capture his hilarious, entertaining on-stage stories. This project led to his film biography Seeds of Aloha. For the last 15 years, George Kahumoku Jr.’s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and ‘Ukulele Workshop creates one of the great musical learning experiences in the Islands today, and embodies George's belief in sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating the unique music and culture that is Hawai‘i.
UNCLE RICHARD HO'OPI'I is one of Hawai'i's most beloved singers. Known as one half of the popular Maui duo, The Ho'opi'i Brothers, which recorded 7 albums, he has practiced the traditional Hawaiian art of leo ki'eki'e (falsetto) for most of his life. He and his late brother, Solomon were recipients in 1997 of the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship, America's highest honor for traditional artists. After the passing of his brother, his 2003 CD Ululani represented a new journey for Richard as a solo artist. Richard is featured on four of George Kahumoku’s compilation CDs. Born in the tiny village of Kahakuloa on Maui's remote Northwest coast, Uncle Richard grew up immersed in the rural Hawaiian lifestyle of family, church, taro farming, fishing, and homemade entertainment. There was no TV, not even much radio, so everyone in the village made music. "They taught us so much more than music; it was a whole way of living.”
DAVID “KAWIKA” KAHIAPO. Born on the windward side of O`ahu, Kawika finds a never-ending source of inspiration in the breathtaking Ko`olau mountain range, lush, green valleys and the magnificent ocean views. His interest in music began at an early age, when, inspired by his father, he spent many hours practicing guitar alone, then learning from “garage” jam sessions, when “Pops” Gabby Pahinui would show up at their house to play, further igniting his passion for ki-ho`alu, Slack Key guitar. At age17, Kawika entered the professional music scene and has since contributed to more than 84 recording projects and performed with numerous artists both on stage and as a studio musician, and is a regular at slack key festivals. Kawika’s most recent solo releases won 2 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) in 2015 – one for Best Slack Key Guitar for Ku‘u ‘Āina Aloha, the other for Best Island Music for Ho‘omaluhia. Kawika is also featured on George Kahumoku’s compilation CD Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol 2 which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album.
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