Archive for January, 2012

  • Ledward Kaapana and George Perform to a Full House

    As I stated in the last post this is going to be a good year for the Slack Key show and already we are off to a strong start.  Ledward Kaapana was our guest artist last night and the show completely sold out. There were so many people that we had to set up extra chairs in the back just  accommodate everyone.  There was even a line outside the venue stretching around the block the way there is every time there’s a new Star Wars film released.  Out videographer Dave  had to change the place he films the Slack Key Show because his camera was too far away.

    Full House

    A Full House

    As always Uncle George opened the show and showed off his new diversified repertoire of songs.  I have been downloading songs for him and putting them on his new iPad, so it is much easier for him to carry a more music around with him. He played songs he knew but had not performed recently, like Kui Lee’s “Ain’t No Big Thing” and “Anapau” by David Kamana.  Here is a sample of George playing.

    Then George called up the Grandmaster of Slack Key Guitar, Ledward Kaapana.  His performance was excellent, as always, which is why he draws such a big crowd everywhere he goes.  Here is a sample of Led on our YouTube channel.


    Me with Ledward Kaapana

    After intermission Da Ukulele Boys did our popular weekly Free CD Drawing, performed some contemporary songs,(see a sample here), then invited George and Led back for the grand finale. The crowd gave them a rousing standing ovation and CD sales were brisk.  What a great show!

    The crowd giving a standing ovation

    The crowd giving a standing ovation


  • Happy New Year

    Aloha and happy New Year. We had an excellent year at the Slack Key Show in 2011 and based on our upcoming lineup of artists 2012 looks like it’s going to be even better.  Last Week on January 4th in at the Napili Kai Beach resort we had Richard Ho’opi’i the legendary Hawaiian falsetto master return to play again.  Next week on January 11th one of our most popular guests Ledward Kaapana grand master of Slack Key guitar is also returning.  January 18th Uncle George’s son Keoki Kahumoku, traditional Slack Key and ukulele player will be playing.

    Me with Uncle Richard Hoopii

    Me with Uncle Richard Hoopii

    Reverend Dennis Kamakahi famed composer and Slack Key master has recently released a duet CD with Stephen Inglis who is also a Slack Key player as well as a vocalist.  They will be joining us on the 25th at our weekly show as well as playing with George again on Thursday the 26th at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

    Reverend Dennis and Stephen Inglis

    Reverend Dennis and Stephen Inglis

    George Kahumoku is now on band camp here (link), many of his songs and older albums are now available for down load free of charge.  Wao Akua George’s latest album, which has been nominated for a Grammy as well as his other albums are also available for down load on Band Camp at the low price of $9.99.  We are of course still offering Wao Akua and Daniel Ho’s album E Kahe Malie for $24 plus free shipping for those who prefer solid copies of their albums.



    Registration for our annual Slack Key workshop in June 17 – 24th has officially begun and can be accessed on our web site.  So far this year the instructors will be George & Keoki Kahumoku, Herb Ohta Jr, Kevin Brown, Dennis & David Kamakahi, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Anthony Natividad (flute), and Jason Jerome.  Other instructors may be added to the roster at a later date and delicious food is included in the cost of the tuition.  Don’t miss this chance to learn Slack Key from the best masters of the art all gathered in one place.  I was lucky enough the be on staff for this event last year and although I did not play any music myself I can say for sure that this event is unique and although $1000 for a week of instruction might seem steep at first when you take into account the fact that George’s cooking for a week is included in the price you see that it’s actually a steal and one of the best deals on the island.  I for one can’t wait to feast on his plate lunches again.

    George is now also director of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii, Maui College, teaching Slack Key Guitar, Chorus, and other classes.  He is now working on creating a Hawaiian language, culture, and music program for students.  Currently they are having some funding issues however so he is working hard to raise money for the students.

    In other news our YouTube channel show casing our weekly show at the Napili Kai Beach Resort has now reached 175,000 views.  The channel can be seen here (link.)  Slack Key coffee by popular demand is now available in 1 and 2 pound quantities on our site here (link).  Don’t miss your chance to try this amazing organic coffee at a new money saving price.  I for one don’t drink anything else these days (unless I’m desperate of course.)

    Slack Key Coffee. Great stuff I drink it every morning.

    Slack Key Coffee. Great stuff I drink it every morning.