PANIOLO SLACK KEY – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy

NAPILI, MAUI – George Kahumoku Jr., host of his weekly Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music at Napili Kai Beach Resort, is releasing his new CD Paniolo Slack Key – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy CD on December 21.

This CD features traditional and original songs in two slack key guitar tunings celebrating the cowboy, horse, and ranching in Hawaii. Paniolo Slack Key is being submitted to Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) for the upcoming Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

Paniolo Slack Key – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy

George Kahumoku, Jr. plays traditional and original songs in two slack key guitar tunings celebrating the cowboy, horse, and ranching in Hawaii.  Three of the 18 songs are originals, including He Mele No Na Lio, a vocal theme song composed for Maui’s newest live attraction, Na Lio (The Horses); and Pi’iholo Sunset, an instrumental song inspired by a recent horseback ride at Pi’iholo Ranch. The 15 traditional songs are mostly ones that George heard and sang growing up in a large musical family. Titles include such classics as Kilakila ‘O Haleakala, Kona Kai ‘Opua, Kupa Landing, and Pu’uanahulu.

“I have I’ve been playing & performing Slack Key guitar, farming, and ranching all of my life, stated George, “which makes me especially excited about sharing these songs. I come from a family of paniolo, fishermen, & farmers. My father, George Sr., quit school after the 8th grade and broke horses for McCandless Ranch in South Kona, among other things. My great grandfather, Willy Kahumoku, was instrumental in building the stone walls that contained the cattle from Kona all the way to Waimea. My parents, grandparents, great grandparents all played Kiho’alu, or Slack Key guitar. I continue our Hawaiian family tradition of ranching and farming by raising goats, sheep, and miniature horses on our small farm on Maui. I grow a wide array of fruit, taro, vegetables, and Hawaiian herbal teas with my wife, Nancy.”

Paniolo Slack Key will be available for purchase locally at Lahaina Music, Lahaina Town Action Committee Gift Store, and Request Records in Wailuku. This newest release, plus a wide selection of George’s CDs can also be purchased online at and websites as well as at George’s weekly Wednesday night Slack Key Shows at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Generous supporters and fans crowd funded the production costs through a successful Kickstarter campaign and have received their CDs in advance of the official release date.

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  • clayton says:

    Aloha Unko George,

    Mahalo’s for an awesome show at Dakota Jazz Club last month. Had an awesome night listening to you , unko Led and Jeff Peterson. I hope to see you back in Minneapolis next yea with other musicians on your yearly tour of the mainland. Also, your Paniola Slack Key cd is so nahenahe. Lots of meles that I haven’t heard in a long time. I will definite play songs on your CD with our kanikapila ohana when we meet and valaau.

    Cuzn Clayton Lum

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