• George Kahumoku Jr. “RENAISSANCE MAN”

    George Banannas

    by BY JON WOODHOUSE of On Maui Magazine Fueled with more energy than someone half his age, multi-Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician George Kahumoku Jr. pursues so many varied interests it’s hard to keep up with him. Besides hosting his weekly Masters of Hawaiian Music shows at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, this visionary artist operates a large organic farm in Kahakuloa, marketing Hawaiian herbal teas; he’s in the midst of completing four books; and he’s gearing up for a Mainland tour with Ledward Kaapana and Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i. Having just finished running a slack key guitar and ukulele music camp, he’s also about…

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  • Feeding Orphan Goat Kids


    Hanai (v.) – to adopt, to be close; to nourish, to sustain. There isn’t a singular definition for the hawaiian word hanai. It was common practice for the Hawaiian people in the olden days to give their first born child to their parents to raise as the highest form of love and respect that one could bestow upon their parents. As time went on the practice extended to the community… to nourish and sustain by adoption. Recently our prize doe Boer** goat “Ha’ole Girl” got her head stuck in the fence and passed away leaving a set of week-old triplets orphans: a…

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  • Danny Carvalho: student to artist


    I first met Danny Carvalho through Ozzie Kotani. Danny was Ozzie’s student for 6 years. At the time Danny was about 10 years old and very enthusiastic. He was always first to be seated in the front of the class and he was a great slack key guitar student. Even at that young age Danny was a great observer who clearly had talent.  He could exactly mimic Ledward Kaapana’s Radio Hula, note for note, by just watching Led and Bob Brozmans DVD over and over. Despite being young and an exceptional player, Danny was aggressive, to the point of being…

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  • Families Entwined -Aunty Edna Pualani Farden Bekeart (1918-2013)

    Geo & Edna

    I was nine years old and in the 4th grade at Kamehameha Schools –the original campus in Bishop Hall next to the Bishop Museum. That’s where I first met Aunty Edna Pualani Farden Bekeart and I didn’t know it then but it was of the first pockets of light towards the resurgence of Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian protocol and Hawaiian language. These classes served as stepping-stones towards what became known as the Hawaiian Renaissance 10-12 years later in the beginning 1970′s. Fast forward to 1997-98 where I became the Artist in Residence to the Mauian Hotel in Napili, which was owned…

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  • Playing Solo…

    When I was young in Kealia, South Kona, where I grew up the first thing I heard at 4 am in the morning was my Great Grampa Willie Kahumoku playing solo slackkey guitar. It was also the last thing I heard at night after a hard days of work, of building stone walls, working in our Mala [garden] or picking our Kona Coffee. Solo Slackkey guitar played by Grampa Willie was always a part of everyday life growing up in Kealia. Growing up with 26 cousins, it was a rarity to do anything solo, but once in a while we…

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