Sonny Lim - Traditional & Contemporary Slack Key Guitar
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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Slack Key Guitarist, Lap Steel Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, Sonny developed his guitar & vocal styles performing with his famous Lim Family of the Big Island. He was also one of the early members of the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau for whom he played lap steel guitar beginning at age 15. In recent years, Sonny's solo instrumental album, Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim, was a Grammy nominee for Best Hawaiian Music.
A member of Hawaii's musical Lim Family, Sonny was born and raised in the heart of paniolo (cowboy) country on the Big Island of Hawaii. His father worked at Parker Ranch, and Sonny went on to work there too.
Sonny was originally inspired to play Slack Key by the legendary Gabby Pahinui whom he saw performing at a local lu'au and as a result, Sonny began studying the guitar. At age 12 his Uncle Fred Punahoa, also teacher to the legendary Ledward Kaapana, noticed Sonny, and spent several weeks living with the Lim family, instructing him.
Sonny's professional career began as steel guitarist for the famous Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau of which the famous Iz was a leading member.
Sonny has since become a respected solo artist, a group member with the Lim Family, Amy Hanai’ali’i, as well as a sought after studio musician.
Sonny is a multiple Hoku Award winner and performs regularly with his family in Hawaii and Japan. He performed on several Grammy Award winning Hawaiian CDs including Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2 (Palm Records) and Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol 2 (DHC). A skilled guitarist and composer, he is fluent in multiple slack key guitar tunings, standard tuning, and also lap steel guitar.
Sonny performs regularly at George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show and teaches steel and guitar at Keoki Kahumoku’s Hawaiian Music & Lifestyle Workshop in Pahala on the Big Island.
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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