• Leslie Granat–E Ola Makamaka! Long live our friends!


    December 29, 2015:  Got a call from Fred & Jane Litt last night notifying me that my great friend Leslie Granat passed away. Her burial was in Haiku this morning at 11 am. I’m deeply saddened by her passing but grateful and blessed to have known Leslie during my lifetime!  Here are a few of my thoughts about my dear friend Leslie. A few Thursdays back, Nancy and I went to Makena Beach & Golf Resort to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We went to share a romantic dinner and hear the Kathy Collins Talk Story event, held around an…

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    George Kahumoku Jr.“Paniolo Slack Key – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy” CD

    GEORGE KAHUMOKU JR. RELEASES NEW CD  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…

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  • Twas the Blog before Christmas (2015)…

    Nana Veary's Book

    Facing my Fears This past Sat, Dec 5-2015 This Saturday, Peter Hanohano led a group of us through an exercise called Strategic Silence. It was a strategy taught by Nana Veary in her book “Change We Must- My Spiritual Journey,” where in silence you are made whole again. Her message was that instead of talking to God in prayer, we listen to him in Silence. “The purpose is to free one’s self of all anger, guilt, resentment, discouragement, disappointment, worry, all the negative patterns buried in the sub conscious mind.” She says, “…in Silent Retreats you clear your channels so…

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  • Wonderful 18th Annual Slack Key Workshop


    We want to thank all 62 participants, our 16 instructors, 14 volunteers, 4 scholarship students and all our friends for coming to our 18th Annual workshop! This year Napili Kai Beach Resort cooked most of the meals allowing our own kitchen crew to concentrate on “supplementing” and enhancing. For instance, breakfast additions included boiled eggs from Wende Stitt, our farm grown papaya supplemented by strawberries from Kula and an assortment of other fruits and veggies supplied by Local Harvest and Maui Gold Pineapple thanks to the generosity of John Trino from Haliimaile. We also started two gardens. One was right…

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  • 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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