Learn Slackkey

George Kahumoku Jr. 17th Annual
Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop

June 15-22, 2014 — Napili Kai Beach Resort, Napili, Maui

At George Kahumoku Jr.’s workshop, students with varied experience can choose from several levels of classes, from beginning to advanced Hawaiian slack key guitar and ‘ukulele. The workshop also provides students and spouses or partners with numerous cultural activities and classes, such as lei and kapa cloth making, hula, Hawaiian songs and singing, song writing, song history, and lap steel guitar.

George Kahumoku Jr. Music Workshop

Classes offered:

  • Slack Key Guitar (beginning, intermediate, advanced)
  • Ukulele (beginning, intermediate, advanced)
  • Hula (male and female)
  • Lei Making
  • Songs and Singing, composition
  • Voice Coaching
  • Jamming – Technique, Styles, Etiquette
  • Master Class/Performance Skills
  • Special Topics in Guitar and Ukulele (Instructors’ choice)
  • The Art of Kapa (traditional Hawaiian fabric)
  • Private/small group lessons with instructors

Please note: Classes and topics are subject to change, so check back in early June for the final class list, schedule, and instructor list.

Registration is now open. To register for the June 2014 workshop, click here.

2014 Staff

  • George Kahumoku Jr. – guitar, songs
  • Keoki Kahumoku – guitar, ukulele, songs
  • Jeff Peterson – guitar, ukulele
  • Herb Ohta Jr – ukulele
  • Ledward Kaapana – guitar, ukulele
  • Kevin Brown – guitar, songs
  • Paul Togioka – guitar, ukulele
  • Joel Katz – Hawaiian steel guitar
  • Derick Sebastian – ukulele
  • Jason Jerome – ukulele
  • Wainani Kealoha - hula, lei making
  • Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt – Kapa cloth design and making

Tuition: Full tuition for the 2014 workshop is $1200. This includes all instruction (group and private lessons), workshop T-shirt, one ticket to the SLACK KEY SHOW-Masters of Hawaiian Music show at the Napili Kai Aloha Pavilion on Wednesday night, most lunches and dinners from Sunday to Sunday, Workshop Songbook and Dis N Dat theory/chord book, participation in kanikapilas and the Slack Key Festival performance.

Spouse/Companion rate: For companions not participating in music classes, tuition is $600 to cover food (lunches and dinners), participation in hula or culture classes, T-shirt, and ticket to the Slack Key Show at the Aloha Pavilion on Wednesday evening.

Companion rate participants may also audit music classes if desired.

Workshop fees are payable by check, credit card, or PayPal. (An additional service charge is applied to PayPal and credit card payments.)

or call 808-280-7734

George Kahumoku Jr. Music Workshop

When registration opens on Nov.1, checks can be mailed to:
George Kahumoku
PO Box 12804
Lahaina HI 96761

2014 will mark the 17th year for the workshop, where for the first time, instruction sessions, meals, and other workshop activities will take place at the Napili Kai Beach Resort in Napili. Evening kanikapilas (student/instructor jam sessions) will continue to be held at Napili Kai’s Aloha Pavilion.

If you’re a beginning slack key guitar or ukulele player, there is no better way to get started and see rapid improvement over a week of class sessions with some of Hawai’i's best musicians and music instructors. And if you’re an intermediate or advanced player, you’ll be able to polish your skills, expand your repertoire, and improve your playing to the next level.

Each year, the majority of the workshop participants are returnees, a testament not only to the quality of instruction, but also to the experience of becoming part of the Kahumoku Workshop Ohana.

See more about the Kumu (instructors)

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Photo from a previous Maui Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop

Outline Schedule (All workshop sessions are held at the Napili Kai Beach Resort unless otherwise specified)

  • Sunday June 15
    • 6pm Welcome Dinner,
    • 7:30pm Kanikapila (jam session) at the Napili Kai.
  • Monday
    • classes begin 8:30am,
    • lunch at noon,
    • afternoon classes,
    • 6pm dinner,
    • 7:30 Kanikapila at the Aloha Pavilion
  • Tuesday – same as Monday, except that after dinner at 7:30 will be the “student talent show” at the Napili Kai Aloha Pavilion (on stage, support musicians available)
  • Wednesday
    • classes begin 8:30,
    • lunch at noon,
    • afternoon is free (dinner on your own),
    • 7:30 SLACK KEY SHOW at the Napili Kai Aloha Pavilion, teachers performing.
  • Thursday – same as Monday
  • Friday – same as Monday
  • Saturday
    • classes begin 8:30am,
    • lunch at noon,
    • some afternoon classes,
    • 3pm whole group rehearsal,
    • dinner at 6pm,
    • 7:30 kanikapila at the Aloha Pavilion
  • Sunday
    • class photo shoot (wearing workshop T-shirt) at Napili Kai,
    • lunch on your own,
    • 11:30 leave for Kahului for the Slack Key Festival at the MACC,
    • Kahumoku Workshop performance at 1 pm,
    • final group photo stage-side immediately after the performance. This is the final activity of the workshop.
  • Monday
    8:30am Optional staff and student debriefing, discussion, and suggestions for next year. All welcome, but feedback also invited on written forms. Location to be announced.

Any questions? Please

Nancy and George Kahumoku

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George Kahumoku is also directing UH Maui’s new Hawaiian Music Institute.