As I have mentioned before my hanai father George Kahumoku and Daniel Ho have recently been nominated for the Grammys in the Regional Roots (George) and Pop Instrumental (Daniel) categories. Tonight we had a special Slack Key show to celebrate that featured them plus the beautiful Tia Carrere, who won the Best Hawaiian Grammy last February. If you wish to get an idea of just how big a deal these two artists are, the Maui news has an excellent article on them here.
We even had a pair of cakes decorated with George’s Wao Akua and Daniel’s E Kahe Malie CD covers. We also had a package deal were attendees could purchase both CD’s for $24. Which is an offer that is still available here on our site until after the Grammys are over. Shipping is free. George being the generous man that he is also gave away little chocolate guitars to anyone who bought one or more CD’s. The show sold so many tickets that we had to bring in extra folding chairs in order to accommodate everyone.
The night didn’t go completely smoothly though, as our rascally sound man/artist/personnel manager, Sterling Seaton, attempted to hijack a Grammy and my “management jacket” blazer at the same time.
George opened the show and Daniel and Tia performed after him. Video footage of the show can be viewed here. Daniel played an excellent set, and Tia’s voice is as beautiful as she is.
After the performance we had intermission and our nominees took some time to sign autographs and take photos with their fans. When the show resumed, Peter and Garrett the Ukulele Boys performed. When they were done, the show climaxed with all of our performers jamming together. It is difficult to use words to describe it, however videos of our performances can be viewed here on our YouTube channel. The show received a standing ovation from the packed audience hall. Fun and celebration cake were had by all.