14th Anniversary Show featuring George Kahumoku, Jr., Richard Ho'opi'i, & Kevin Brown

14th Anniversary Show featuring George Kahumoku, Jr., Richard Ho'opi'i, & Kevin Brown

Richard Ho’opi’i, Kevin Brown, Peter deAquino, Sterling Seaton, Wainani Kealoha, Geri Valdriz

Wed, October 18, 2017

Doors: 6:45 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 9:30 pm)

Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion

Lahaina, HI

$37.99 - $95.00

This event is all ages

George Kahumoku Jr.
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.
Richard Ho’opi’i
Richard Ho’opi’i
Possessing an amazing vocal range, from bass through to falsetto, Richard Ho’opi’i has a voice, powerful and controlled, even in the highest registers. This talent combined with his engaging smile and stage charisma, makes Richard a perennial crowd pleaser.

Best known as one half of the popular Maui duo, The Ho'opi'i Brothers, he has practiced the traditional Hawaiian art of leo ki'eki'e (falsetto) his whole life. He and his brother, Solomon (his life-long singing partner) were recipients in 1997 of the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship, America's highest honor for traditional artists.
Born in the tiny village of Kahakuloa on Maui's remote Northwest coast, Richard grew up immersed in the rural Hawaiian lifestyle of family, church, taro farming, fishing, and homemade entertainment. There was no TV, nor even much radio, so everyone in the village helped make music.

As a child, Richard sang while doing his chores, at church and at school. As a teenager, Richard was invited to join the All Maui Choir, under the direction of the legendary Royal Hawaiian Band singer Alice Johnson. Slack key guitarist Sonny Chillingworth provided valuable professional experience by inviting young Richard to perform occasionally with his band. Kumu hula (hula masters) also asked him to perform with their dancers on a regular basis. "What an honor," he says. "Aunty Alice, Aunty Emma Sharpe, Uncle Sonny, Aunty Genoa Keawe, our mom and dad, brothers and sisters. They taught us so much more than music; it was a whole way of living.”

In 1968, Richard and his brother Sol started their own group, The Ho'onanea Serenaders, which after several years became known simply as The Ho'opi'i Brothers. Together they recorded seven albums and performed widely.

After the passing of his brother, Richard recorded CD, Ululani, named for his lovely wife, and representing a new journey as a solo artist. Richard selected a mixture of favorite songs from his hometown of Kahakuloa on Maui, performed in the old way. The recording showcases his unique style of singing and firmly establishes him as a solo performer.
Richard is featured on three of George Kahumoku Jr’s Grammy Award winning compilation CDS which were respectively honored with the 49th, 50th, and 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Hawaiian Music Album. He is a frequent guest artist at Maui’s Slack Key Show and travels regularly to the mainland with the Masters of Slack Key Guitar.
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
Traditional Slack Key Guitarist & Hawaiian vocalist, Kevin Brown, is the soft spoken leader of the popular Maui group "Ola Hou". One of Hawaii's finest musicians and instructors, his easy-going style has deeply influenced a generation of musicians both in Hawaii and on the mainland.

Kevin’s father, Harry, was a popular Hawaiian musician and gave Kevin and his brother, Sheldon, a sound foundation for ukulele, guitar, and traditional Hawaiian songs.

Kevin tells the story of his start with Slack Key. "One day I cut my high school math class and, while sitting under a tree, I heard another class and the teacher, Henry Meyer’s, guitar playing captured my ear with a sound I never heard before. I asked him what kind of music he was playing. He said it's an old style of Hawaiian guitar called slack key. He said he would teach me if I gave up recess. So for the next 4 years during recess he taught me all the songs and tunings he knew.”
Later Kevin and brother Sheldon, worked 48-hour shifts as paramedics in Lahaina. This schedule gave them time to play music together. Encouraged by co-workers who heard them, they went professional, forming the Waiehu Sons. For the next 17 years they performed at the Stouffer's Resort/Renaissance in Wailea.

Kevin also taught slack key guitar for 14 years at Maui’s Baldwin High School. He now sometimes teaches at UH Maui College and is a mentor in the new Institute of Hawaiian Music. He is also a popular instructor at George Kahumoku’s Annual Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop and Keola Beamer’s Aloha Music Camp.

The Brown Family has been perpetuating the art of ki ho'alu (Slack Key) for generations. Kevin’s son, Ikaika Brown, showed an early aptitude for guitar. Ikaika recorded three CD's, including the cherished "Generations," which features both his father, Kevin, and grandfather. Kevin and Ikaika are also featured on the two Grammy Nominated CDs Hawaiian Slack Key Kings, vol 1 & vol 2.
Peter deAquino
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
Sterling Seaton
Sterling Seaton
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.
Wainani Kealoha
Wainani Kealoha
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.
Geri Valdriz
Geri Valdriz
A skilled Hawaiian lap steel guitarist and vocalist, Geri recently retired from the bench (he was a family court judge) to become a professional musician. Geri was a student of steel guitar master, Jerry Byrd. For many years he has been the steel player for some of Maui’s most popular groups: Ola Hou (featuring Kevin, Sheldon & Ikaika Brown with the late Pekelo Cosma and Geri), The Waiehu Sons, and Maui Jam. Now performing full time, Geri can be seen all around Maui including at Mulligan’s with Maui keyboardist Joel Katz and at George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show sometimes performing with Slack Key great, Kevin Brown.
Venue Information:
Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI, 96761
http://www.napilikai.com/index.cfm