Patrick Landeza's Hawaiian Holiday Celebration

Special Guest Patrick Landeza

When Patrick Landeza became the first mainland-based artist to win the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award in 2013, he told the audience, “Being born and raised on the mainland never made me any less Hawaiian.” Having initially learned how to play slack key guitar from family, Landeza later apprenticed with slack key legend, Raymond Kāne, and was mentored by slack key masters such as Cyril Pahinui, George Kuo, and Dennis Kamakahi. Landeza is a well-respected slack key instructor and has taught classes and at music camps nationwide, as well as had his lessons published in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. After successful forays into radio, catering, and concert production, Landeza is beginning to focus his attention on future generations. In 2013 he authored a children’s book, “Danny’s Hawaiian Journey,” and has partnered with schools and youth groups to provide cultural education through ukulele lessons in his grade school classes. Landeza’s efforts and enthusiasm have not gone unrecognized. Aside from a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award, he also became the youngest recipient of the Kapalakiko Aloha Spirit award at the age of 34. In 2011 he won the Hawaiian Music Award, and in 2012 he shared his music and aloha spirit with an appreciative audience at Carnegie Hall.

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