Masters of Hawaiian Music


George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau & Kawika Kahiapo

Traditional and Original Hawaiian Tunes


Why you should see this show…

Four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoko Jr., with Nathan Aweau and Kawika Kahiapo, brings the Masters of Hawaiian Music tour — filled with traditional and original Hawaiian tunes – to our Concert Hall. Paired with whimsical storytelling, the beautiful and intricate melodies achieved by these master slack key guitarists ensures concertgoers can expect a sweet and soulful evening.

Masters of Hawaiian Music Bios
George Kahumoko Jr., the 4-time Grammy-winner in Hawaiian Music, has over 25 solo, collaboration, and compilation CDs to his name. His solo release is Wao Akua: Forest of the Gods was nominated for a 2012 Grammy in the Regional Roots category. A renowned story-teller, George collaborated with long-time friend Paul Konwiser to write an expanded version of his hilarious and entertaining on-stage stories in his book: A Hawaiian Life, which was the starting point for the film about George, Seeds of Aloha. For the last 15 years in June, George Kahumoku Jr.’s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and ‘Ukulele Workshop takes place featuring the finest instructor-musicians, and is one of the great musical learning experiences in the Islands today, and the result of George’s belief in sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating the unique music and culture that is Hawaii. George lives on Maui with his wife, Nancy, maintaining his three-acre farm growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi) and tending his goats, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. Retired from teaching music and sustainable agriculture at University of Hawaii, Maui College, he continues to educate and mentor students. At the college, he had founded the Hawaiian Music Institute, to preserve the legacy of Hawaiian music, and to prepare the next generation for careers in music. George’s focus now is on his renowned weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, now in its 14th year, the longest-running show that consistently features masters of Hawaiian music.

Nathan Aweau is a 3-time Male Vocalist of the Year. He accompanies his beautiful vocals on guitar, sometimes interpreted by his beautiful dancer, Kelehua Kawai. He also demonstrates his extraordinary bass skills on his 8-string electric bass. Nathan was born into a musical family and his early years were spent learning guitar, ukulele, piano, and developing his natural vocal ability. In college he discovered a passion for the electric bass and he began accompanying performers such as Henry Kapono and Loyal Garner. He was Don Ho’s bass player for 16 years. In 2002, he released his solo CD, E Apo Mai, which earned three awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year. Later, his CD, Bass Etude, focusing on the electric bass won the Hoku for Jazz Album of the Year.

For 8 years, Nathan was the principle singer of the group, Hapa, with leader Barry Flanagan. In 2005 Hapa released the CD, Maui, which won 4 Hoku Awards including the coveted Album of the Year prize. Nathan was again honored with the Male Vocalist of the Year award for his own solo release, making him the only Hawaiian vocalist to win this award three times.

In 2007 Nathan released second solo CD, Kane’ohe, which presents 12 original songs that celebrate Nathan’s home on O’ahu. He played every instrument, sang all the lead & background parts, and engineered, mixed and mastered the entire recording.

Kawika Kahiapo’s story begins and continues in the small town of Kane`ohe on the beautiful windward side of O`ahu where he experiences daily the breathtaking Ko`olau mountain range, lush, green valleys and the magnificent ocean views. Kawika’s interest in music began at an early age, when, inspired by his father, he spent many hours practicing guitar alone. Some of his fondest memories are of their “garage” jam sessions, when “Pops” Gabby Pahinui would show up at their house to play at a party, thus further inspiring Kawika’s passion for ki-ho`alu, Slack Key guitar. At age 17, Kawika entered the professional music scene and has since contributed to more than 30 recording projects and performed with numerous artists both on stage and as a studio musician.

Kawika’s first solo CD, Alana (1996) is a soothing combination of contemporary and traditional Hawaiian tunes, along with ki-ho`alu, Slack Key guitar. His second solo release is One Heart, One Voice (2001). Both albums share his mana`o (feelings) in Kawika’s unique way.

Kawika is currently a member of “Kaukahi,” a band honored with three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2007 for Group of the Year, Song of the Year for Kawika’s title composition ”Life in These Islands,” and CD graphics.

Kawika is also featured on George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show compilation CD Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol 2 which won the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music Album!


Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. The Concert Hall kitchen will be open through intermission. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.


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