Masters of Hawaiian Music

Sunday
19
Jan

4x Grammy Award Winner George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana, Kawika Kahiapo

Traditional and Original Hawaiian Tunes

 

Why you should see this show…

Four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoko Jr., with Led Kaapana 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.

Led Kaapana grew up in a family of musicians in Kalapana, in the southernmost district of Hawaii Island. His teachers included his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, from whom he learned to sing leo ki’eki’e (Hawaiian falsetto singing),and his uncle, Fred Punahoa. “We didn’t have electricity, not television, not even much radio,” says Kaapana. “So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music.” Throughout his career, Ledhas dedicated himself to perpetuating the traditional style and repertoire of his home, beginning in his teens when Led, his twin brother Nedward, and cousin Dennis Pavao formed the musical group Hui ‘Ohana. The group produced 14 best-selling albums, made hundreds of live appearances, and became a key figure in the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian culture and music during the 1970s. Launching a solo career in 1983, Kaapana has continued to garner acclaim for his improvisational melodies and falsetto vocals. He has received multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) Award for Best Instrumental and for Best Slack Key and Favorite Entertainer of the Year in 2009. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations in his own right and three wins on slack key compilations.

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 Option

Purchase of a ticket to a show in the Supper Club ensures you will have a seat for the concert. However, if you intend to dine before or during the performance, you also need to make a dining reservation. To make a dining reservation, click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250. Click here to see Rusty Anchor menu.

If you are attending a concert in the Supper Club with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we require that you arrive on time for your dining reservation. Arriving more than 15 minutes after your reserved time will result in the cancellation of your reservation. You will be seated for the concert, but you may be put on a waiting list for dining.

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