Cultural Quest (excerpt –full article available here…)
Go beneath the surface to see a Maui and Oahu that’s rich in tradition
By Ann Campbell
Hawaii is more than just a pretty face. It’s more than swaying palm trees and swiveling hips, more than white sand beaches, colorful cocktails and loud aloha shirts.
Every Wednesday night, The Ritz-Carlton welcomes the Masters of Slack Key Guitar Concert Series, where affable host George Kahumoku Jr. sings and “talks story” with guest artists.
On the night I attend, Kahumoku introduces the duck-tailed Ledward Kaapana — looking remarkably Elvis-like in his aviator glasses — as “probably the most inventive slack key guitarist of my lifetime.” Listening and laughing with these two masters, I feel like I’m sitting in someone’s backyard, enjoying the music Hawaiians might play for their families and friends late at night, after a couple of beers. It’s what I expect a real Hawaiian musical experience to be — sometimes tender, often humorous, always evocative of the life and traditions of the islands.
Copyright © 2005 — The Oregonian
Ann Campbell is a Vancouver, B.C., travel writer.
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