George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Da Ukulele Boyz

George Kahumoku, Jr.

There's a reason he's been called Hawaii's Renaissance man: George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award & Hoku Award winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, high school and college teacher, artist and sculptor, storyteller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur.

Ledward Kaapana

2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipient, Ledward Kaapana is Hawaii's premier master Slack Key guitarist. His inventiveness and fluidity, his versatility in multiple tunings, and his playfulness on stage, make him the leading master of this art, now recognized nationally by America's most prestigious award for the arts.

Led has been a professional musician for over 40 years. His mastery of stringed instruments and extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voice have made him a musical legend. His easy-going style and charm have made him a favorite of audiences throughout the world.



Led grew up in a musical family in the tiny village of Kalapana, there were few distractions and everyone played music.
It was at the frequent family gatherings that Led learned to play in the old style, watching, listening, then imitating. Chief among his teachers were his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, and his uncle Fred Punahoa.

As teenagers, Led and his twin brother Ned and cousin Dennis Pavao formed the Hui `Ohana, one of the hottest groups of the 70s and 80s and now legendary among Hawaiian musicians. The 70s saw the blossoming of the Hawaiian Renaissance, and Hui `Ohana was a key part of that return to traditional Hawaiian culture and music. Young Hawaii Sings Old Hawaii, the title of their first recording, was also their statement of purpose. 

The group produced 14 best-selling albums and made countless hundreds of live appearances, proudly sharing Kalapana's musical traditions. 



Led later formed another trio, I Kona, releasing 6 albums with that group, including Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Jus' Press. He has also released solo albums, including two Na Hoku Hanohano Instrumental Album of the Year winners, Lima Wela and Black Sand, the latter of which was recorded on George Winston's Dancing Cat Records. Led also recorded Led Live, Waltz of the Wind, Kila Kila Meets Kihoalu, and others on Dancing Cat..

In 2006, Led's Kiho'alu-Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar was nominated for the 48th GRAMMY Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album and won the 2006 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Led was featured on three compilation CDs winning Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music. His solo Grandmaster Slack Key and Force of Nature (with Mike Kaawa) received Grammy nominations and Force of Nature also earned Led & Mike the Favorite Entertainer Award at the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. His newest recording is The Legend.

Led tours the US extensively. When home in Hawaii, he can be found on Sunday evenings at Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai or once a month on Maui playing at George Kahumoku's Slack Key Show.

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.

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George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Da Ukulele Boyz

Friday, January 31 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse