• George Kahumoku Jr. and the Island Roots of Slack Key Guitar


    via No Depression by Terry Roland  March 29, 2015 Read article on No Depression by clicking here. While Hawaiian music has become mostly overlooked in Americana-roots music culture, it has influenced much of popular mainland music including rock, blues, jazz, folk and country music on the over the last century with its emphasis on instruments like the lap steel, electric pedal steel guitars and ukuleles.  Today, some Hawai’ian pop artists have crossed over to mainstream success like Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars.  But, the music of the Hawai’ian Islands is truly rooted in the history and utlimately in the land itself. For the music that grows like…

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  • Good Vibrations

    Mila Salvador wrote in recently. She’s a Lahainaluna High School graduate with Bachelor of Education and MBA degrees from the University of Hawaii –Manoa, is the current president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina and describes herself as a “student in the classroom of Life”: Aloha Uncle George, I wanted to say MAHALO once again for your generosity, with your time and aloha. I wanted to let you know that I work in Ka’anapali and live in Pai’a so I have a pretty long commute everyday, to myself. Hence, each morning and afternoon I have wonderful opportunities to feel and…

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  • 64th Birthday -Reflection

    “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now… Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four? “ –Paul McCartney, John Lennon  (Copyright: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC) Hau`oli Lā Hānau e George!! …translates to “Happy Birthday”. “Hau`oli” means “Happy, glad, gay, joyful,” “Lā” means “Day, date” (as well as “sun, sunny”), and “Hānau” means “To give birth; to lay (an egg); born.” As a “celebration” of another year of this Hawaiian Life, I took an extra moment to watch the sun rise over Haleakala this morning from my farm garden at Kaukini Ridge at…

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  • C.G. Simonds Inspiration


    C.G. Simonds [http://www.cgsimondssculpture.com] was George’s sculpture and bronze casting teacher at California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland (1972-74.) He and his companion Bibi live in France.   December 28, 2014 Charley & Bibi:  Thanks for visiting us and sharing a meal at our farm yesterday. Mahalo for sharing the brochure of your latest 2014 bronze work. It inspires me! I especially like the organic smoke and simple cartoonish shape of “Smokester II;” sort of like a figure taking a bow. “Touch & Gone” seems spooky and ‘Halloweeny’ and gothic all at once! I love the smoothness and wave…

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