Dennis Kamakahi - Slack Key Master & Hawaiian Story Teller
George Kahumoku Jr., Da Ukulele Boyz, Sterling Seaton, Wainani Kealoha
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI, 96761
Doors 6:45 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 9:30 PM)
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Hawaii's greatest living songwriter, many of Dennis Kamakahi’s songs are famous Hawaiian standards. One of Hawaii's greatest living Slack Key guitar masters, his performance includes moving stories that tell the meaning of the Hawaiian language songs or the inspiration for writing it.
Dennis sings and plays guitar in multiple open tunings, sometime adding a country western edge. He was honored at the age of 19, to become a member Eddie Kamae's Sons of Hawaii, replacing Slack Key guitar legend (the late) Gabby Pahinui. It was his tenure with the Sons of Hawaii (1974-1995) that developed him into one of Hawaii's most prolific Hawaiian language songwriters. His most famous songs include “Pua Hone,” “ Wahine 'Ilikea,” and “Koke'e.”
A multiple Grammy & Na Hoku Hanohano winner and Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Dennis has written over 500 songs. His newest CD, a beautiful duet recording with Stephen Englis, Waimaka Helelei (Falling Teardrop) is a moving collection of Molokai songs dedicated to the people of Kalaupapa.
Dennis had early formal music training in music theory, band arranging, and composition and learned to read music as well as play by ear. He became a student of Hawaiian language under Dr. Mary Kawena Pukui, and with her guidance, launched his music career into the writing of poetic Hawaiian songs similar to the historic styles of Queen Lili'uokalani and Sam Li'a Kalainaina. He entered Leeward Community College majoring in advanced music theory and orchestration. Following college he became a member of the Sons of Hawaii.
Dennis began his solo music career in 1996, releasing his first three slack key guitar CDs, produced by pianist George Winston on the Dancing Cat Records label, entitled Pua'ena (Glow Brightly), 'Ohana (Family) with son David, and then Hui Aloha (Play Together) with son David Kamakahi, George Kuo, and Martin Pahinui.
He has since then released several recordings on his own label
Dennis is a featured artist on 49th Grammy winning compilation CD entitled Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and the 50th Grammy winner, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Dennis was one of the producer-nominees for the Grammy nominated Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, and an artist on the 52nd Grammy winning Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol 2.
Dennis continues to perform in live concerts in Hawaii and abroad and currently teaches Hawaiian slack key guitar, the History of Hawaiian songs and their meaning, and songwriting workshops in both Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland. He is a featured instructor at George Kahumoku’s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop and often performs at the Slack Key Show on Maui.
George Kahumoku Jr.
Known as Hawaii's Renaissance Man, George Kahumoku Jr, is a multiple Grammy & Hoku Award winning master Slack Key Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, teacher, artist and sculptor, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur.
George is known for playing slack key on a jumbo12-string guitar because he loves the full sound and the lower bass tones. He uses a custom Art Davis guitar, and since beginning the Slack Key Show seven years ago, has changed his favorite tuning from E flat to F to make it easier to play with others.
In October 2003, George co-created the first venue ever dedicated to presenting Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. First located at the Ritz Carlton-Kapalua, then moving to Maui's Napili Kai Beach Resort where it is now. The first show CD, produced from live recordings of the show, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 1: Live in Concert from Maui won the 48th Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Album. The 4 of the 5 sequels to this recording were all nominated, 3 of them winning Grammies.
A renowned story-teller on and off the stage, George collaborated with long-time friend, Paul Konwiser, to write down his entertaining semi-autobiographical short stories into his first book of short stories: A Hawaiian Life.
George lives on Maui, directing and teaching at the new Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii-Maui College. George spends his free time maintaining his small 3 acre farm growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi) and tending his goats, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. True to his Hawaiian heritage, wherever he goes, George always brings bundles of fresh produce to share with friends and students.
Every summer in June, George Kahumoku Jr.'s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop takes place featuring the finest music instructors. This workshop is one of the great musical experiences in the Islands today, and the result of George's belief in sharing, celebrating and perpetuating Hawaiian culture and music.
Da Ukulele Boyz
First cousins Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst first began playing together as a team as children competing in Keoki Kahumoku's Maui Ukulele Contest held annually at the Hula Grill. Their amaxing duet instrumentals, their vocals and relaxed stage banter, gave them multiple victories for several years until they matured and took over management of the contest themselves. Energetic, talented, and charismatic, they regularly co-host with Uncle George and now take over as show hosts when he is on the road.
PETER DEAQUINO: Peter was born and raised on the island of Maui. He began playing ukulele at the age of 6. Later he studied ukulele with Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr. Other important influences include all the masters of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with whom he has played regularly for the last 8 years, including Ledward Kaapana and others, also Bradda IZ & Bob Marley. Peter now plays professionally around Maui both solo and in groups: Dukes-Kaanapali (Three Pounds of Poi), Kimo's-Lahaina (deAquino Braddaz), The Hula Grill (leading the band TBA), and the Hard Rock Café (Sounds of Addiction). Peter is featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.1, Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.2, and also on the Grammy nominated Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Peter is featured in a new DVD: The Best of the Slack Key Show, Vol. 1.
GARRETT PROBST-As a child, Garrett demonstrated a remarkable musical ability on the ukulele that quickly developed under teachers Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr. Garrett was given the opportunity to tour the west coast at a young age with Uncle George Kahumoku. Besides performing for the last 8 years as Da Ukulele Boyz for the Slack Key Show, he also now plays professionally, at Dukes-Kaanapali (Three Pounds of Poi), and with his cousin Peter’s band (TBA) at the Hula Grill. He also plays slack key guitar and sometimes can be found leading an open mic at one of the local Maui eateries. He is featured on three of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.1, Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, and Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Garrett is featured in a new DVD: The Best of the Slack Key Show, Vol. 1.
Born and raised on Maui, Sterling showed an early talent for the guitar. At Lahainluna High School, Sterling would practice in between classes and to jam with Uncle George Kahumoku (who was the ceramics teacher) at lunch time. After attending Uncle George's Annual Summer Workshop in Napili and studying with the slack key masters, Sterling took a particular interest in Slack Key C Tuning. Sterling is the Slack Key Show sound engineer as well as a performer, and also works as a light & sound technician at the Ulalena show in Lahaina. Sterling is featured on the Slack Key Show’s Grammy award winning CDs, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.2, and Grammy nominated Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Sterling is featured in a new DVD: The Best of the Slack Key Show, Vol. 1.
Telling the story with graceful movement and hula hands, Wainani has loved dancing all her life.
Born in Honolulu, she relocated and danced for many years on the Big Island where she joined the hula school, Halau Na Lei O Ka Holoku, led by Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina.
Wainani traveled nationally and internationally with Lim’s Halau sharing hula with the world while developing her considerable talent in dance, chanting, and Hawaiian culture.
Wainani now lives on Maui and, in addition to regularly dancing for Slack Key Master, Ledward Kaapana, she has danced for many years at the Royal Lahaina Resort as a soloist and as an Oli Mea (chanter) for Maui Nei Cultural Walking Tour. She was one of the principal dancer for George Kahumoku’s Hawaiian Country Music Show in Branson, Missouri in 2012 and has now become a regular dancer at George Kahumoku Jr’s Slack Key Show.
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