Jerry Santos - Hawaiian Singer Songwriter

Jerry Santos - Hawaiian Singer Songwriter

George Kahumoku Jr., Peter deAquino, Sterling Seaton, Wainani Kealoha

Wed, September 13, 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

Jerry Santos
Jerry Santos
Best known for his work in the musical group Olomana, singer/songwriter Jerry Santos has been a familiar presence on the Hawaii music scene for almost four decades.

The youngest in a family of nine children he was born and raised on the windward side of O’ahu. Jerry attended Kane’ohe Elementary, Benjamin Parker Elementary and Waiahole Elementary Schools. Entering in the seventh grade, he went on to graduate from The Kamehameha Schools and has attended The University of Hawaii and Kapi’olani Community College.

Like most island children, music was always a part of everyday family life. He started with the ukulele and by the 4th grade; he had won his first talent show. All through his formative years, he sang whenever the opportunity presented itself. From his first solo professional gig at the age of 18, Jerry has gone on to establish himself as a singer and song writer. After a few years of playing the clubs in Honolulu and a brief stint in California, he returned home to team up with Robert Beaumont in1974 to form the group Olomana. He helped to create a unique and easily recognizable musical style, blending Hawaiian music with contemporary rhythms. Over the years he has had the opportunity, as a soloist or with Olomana, to perform his music all over Hawai’i, the continental USA, Canada, Japan and other Pacific Island Nations. He has performed his music with The Honolulu symphony, The Honolulu City Ballet and The Hawaii Youth Symphony.

His work has been recognized by the Hawai’i musical community with numerous awards. Amongst them are awards for male vocalist, for composition, and for both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. Honolulu Magazine named Olomana’s first recording, “Like a Seabird in the Wind”, #11 on their list of the Top 50 Albums of all time and Jerry’s signature song “Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u” was voted #7 on the top 50 Songs of all time. Olomana was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts for their body of work over the years.

Jerry is perhaps most honored by his Moe Keale; Aloha is Award, an award that acknowledges a performer’s contributions to his community. Over the years he and Olomana have lent their support to hula halau, civic clubs, community organizations, local and national charities, and have used their visibility to bring attention to issues that are important to our island home. The importance of sharing between the generations and having respect for our home and our people has played an important role in carrying the music to all parts of Hawaii from Kaho’olawe to Kalaupapa, from Hawai’i to Kaua’i.

Numerous island artists including The Brother’s Cazimero, Na Leo Pilimehana, Hapa, Don Ho, Melveen Leed, The Hui Ohana and Henry Kapono, have recorded his compositions. Jerry has also had the privilege of appearing and recording with artists like The Makaha Sons, Keola Beamer, Marlene Sai, Sean Na’auao, Henry Kapono, Frank Hewett, Del Beazley, and others.
He has appeared in a number of television specials including KGMB’s “Island Music, Island Hearts”, Public Television’s “Na Mele” series, K-5’s “Hot Hawaiian Nights”, KITV’s “Mixed Plate in Portugal” and “Mixed Plate at Mardi Gras” with Pamela Young, “Slack Key and Other Notes” with Ron Jocobs and PBS’s “Hawaiian Rainbow”. He has appeared in videos for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, “Xeriscape” and The Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s “Flowing to The Sea”.

Besides his musical contributions, Jerry has also added his voice to the need for water conservation and over the years his television and radio commercials have become very familiar to listeners, urging them to “E malama i ka wai”, cherish the water.

Whether performing as a soloist, or with his group Olomana, Jerry Santos generates music from the heart with Aloha!
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.
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.
Venue Information:
Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI, 96761
http://www.napilikai.com/index.cfm