All Star Show - Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr., Herb Ohta Jr., Ken Emerson and more...

All Star Show - Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr., Herb Ohta Jr., Ken Emerson and more...

George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana, Ken Emerson, Herb Ohta Jr., Sonny Lim, Stephen Inglis, Kevin Brown, Brad Bordessa, Sterling Seaton, Wainani Kealoha

Wed, June 20, 2018

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

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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
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.
Led Kaapana
Led 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.
Ken Emerson
Ken Emerson
Ken plays both Hawaiian Slack Key and lap steel guitar and switches easily between them during his performance, laying his guitar on his lap and picking up a steel bar for an instrumental interlude. This requires a special finesse and light touch because the slack key guitar has lower action than a dedicated lap steel guitar.

He has developed his unique style through many musical genres. He has played his special blend of Blues/Jazz Hawaiian guitar for 40 years.. Born into a musical family, Ken grew up with his fathers' extensive record collection of jazz, swing, Hawaiian and world music styles.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, He played the folk and blues songs of the early ‘60s, learning right hand fingerstyle techniques that led to his development as a fingerstyle picker.
With the explosion of the San Francisco sound of the mid- later ‘60's Ken also immersed himself into rock and electric blues styles. He was particularly drawn to bottleneck and slide guitar.
In 1968 Ken's family moved to Hawaii. Absorbing the Hawaiian culture, Ken began studying Hawaiian language and music emulating the players of the 1920's and ‘30s era by listening to vintage Hawaiian 78 rpm records, zeroing in on the jazz and blues styles of Sol Ho'opi'i and Sol K. Bright.

Soon Ken was playing alongside such legendary performers as Gabby Pahinui, Genoa Keawe, Raymond Kane, and Moe Keale.
Dividing his time between Kaua'i and San Francisco, Ken plays many Hawaiian venues and festivals and frequently tours the east coast of the United States as well as Europe and Asia.
"Emerson writes pieces that update the classic sounds of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. His unaccompanied songs have an open, relaxing quality to them, moving forward in a gentle rhythm.."
Jessy Terry, Rolling Stone Magazine

"Ken Emerson's style reflects the Hawaiian guitar's grassroots origins of a century ago. He taps into classic jazz and blues influences as well as Latin styles, completing a cultural circle from the first vaquero guitarists through jazz steel guitar virtuoso Sol Ho'opi’i and into new unexplored musical territories"
Maryanne Cord, Hanaola Records
Herb Ohta Jr.
Herb Ohta Jr.
For ukulele fans who prefer unpretentious technical proficiency over theatrics, Herb Ohta Jr. is the undisputed master ukulele instrumentalist of his generation. Son of the legendary ukulele artist, Ohta-san, Herb Ohta Jr's natural talent, knowledge, technique, and speed are unsurpassed. He is a master ukulele performer, teacher, composer, recording artist, and producer. Herb creates unique arrangements of new and familiar tunes and makes each song breathtakingly fresh and definitely his own.

Recognizing his inborn talent, Herb’s grandmother taught him his first ukulele song at the age of three. His father, Ohta-San, started his early formal instruction on the ukulele and Herb continued to study music in high school. Inspired by listening to the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau and others he became a devotee of Hawaiian music and the ukulele.

While he enjoys listening to all types of music, Herb’s favorite songs to perform are ballads and all types of Hawaiian songs because they enhance the natural sound of the instrument. Herb’s style is reminiscent of his father’s, but distinct and recognizable as his own. There is a graceful “Nahenahe” quality that is very Hawaiian, reflecting the inspirations of ukulele greats like Eddie Kamae and
Ohta-San.

At age 11, Herb, Jr. began teaching at his father’s ukulele school. In 1992, he started his own classes and continues to teach on Oahu at Sonny D’s Ukulele Shop and Harry’s Music Store. He also teaches private lessons by appointment. He is also a favorite instructor at George Kahumoku’s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop and has co-authored two outstanding ukulele instruction books with Daniel Ho.

Herb still finds time to compose new material, entertain at private and public functions, produce, and record. He is a seven-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominee and a two-time Hawaii Music Award Winner. He frequently tours Japan and the mainland. He recently completed a west coast tour featuring his solo performances while teaching workshops between concerts.
Sonny Lim
Sonny Lim
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.
Stephen Inglis
Stephen Inglis
Stephen Inglis was born and raised in Honolulu. He plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with highly regarded traditional musicians. At the same time he is an innovator: his album Slackin on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning a Hawaii Music Award. And he has made three albums of his singer-songwriter originals. Stephenʻs 2011 duet album with the late Hawaiian music legend Dennis Kamakahi won Hawaiʻis highest musical honor; a Nā Hōkū Hanaohano Award. The album is also on permanent display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. He is a versatile artist whose work always shines with musical truth.

“His material and stylish performances rank with the best” Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

Stephen’s composition Redwood Slack Key was featured on the Grammy nominated and Nā Hōkū Hanohano(Hawaiʻi’s Grammy) winning album Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Volume 2. Stephen’s 2010 Album Slackin’ on Dylan won the 2011 Hawaii Music Award for Folk album of the year and was nominated for a Nā Hōkū Award a s well.

His music has been featured in film and television with Hawaii NBC affiliate KHON’s special “Hawaiiʻs Saint Damien: A Journey of Sacrifice” among recent projects.

Stephen has also contributed guitar work to albums by renowned artists such as Kenneth Makuakāne and performed and toured with artists such as Slack Key Masters Cindy Combs, Ozzie Kotani , Dennis Kamakahi, Makana and Hawaiian music legends The Makaha Sons.
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.
Brad Bordessa
Brad Bordessa
Brad Bordessa is a Hawaii’i Island-based recording artist who has been fortunate to share the stage with musicians and mentors such as Keoki Kahumoku, Sonny Lim, Herb Ohta, Jr., and (quite accidentally) HAPA. His EP, Point A, features original instrumentals, but it was his passionate protest song, “Draw the Line at 13,” that took the internet by storm. Brad has been teaching ‘ukulele for 8 years, and is currently the in-house instructor at the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua. He has been a returning faculty member at both the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music & Lifestyle Workshop and the Hawaii Island 'Ukulele Retreat', where his students appreciate his clear and concise style of teaching. Brad is a graduate of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at UH Maui, where he spent two years always on alert for Uncle George calling to say, “Brad! We got a gig. I’ll pick you up in 15 minutes.”
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