Workshop Instructors

George Kahumoku Jr.

George Kahumoku Jr.

Workshop Host and Founder, Slack Key Guitar & ‘Ukulele Instructor, Executive Chef
George Kahumoku Jr, is a multiple Grammy & Hoku Award winning master Slack Key Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, teacher, artist and sculptor, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. This workshop is one of the great musical experiences in the Islands today, and the result of George’s belief in sharing, celebrating and perpetuating Hawaiian culture and music.

Instructional Material available here:

Hawaiian Slack Key ‘Ukulele (DVD)

– Taro Patch F Tuning Intermediate Instructional (DVD)

Ledward Kaapana

Ledward Kaapana

Slack Key Guitar, ‘Ukulele
2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipient, Ledward Kaapana is Hawaii’s premier master Slack Key guitarist. His inventiveness and fluidity, his versatility in multiple tunings, and his playfulness on stage, make him the leading master of this art, now recognized nationally by America’s most prestigious award for the arts. Led grew up in a musical family in the tiny village of Kalapana, there were few distractions and everyone played music. Chief among his teachers were his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, and his uncle Fred Punahoa.

Herb Ohta Jr.

‘Ukulele
For ukulele fans who prefer unpretentious technical proficiency over theatrics, Herb Ohta Jr. is the undisputed master ukulele instrumentalist of his generation. Son of the legendary ukulele artist, Ohta-san, Herb Ohta Jr’s natural talent, knowledge, technique, and speed are unsurpassed. He is a master ukulele performer, teacher, composer, recording artist, and producer. Herb creates unique arrangements of new and familiar tunes and makes each song breathtakingly fresh and definitely his own.

Instructional Material available here:

 – Online Skype Lessons 

George Kahumoku Jr.

Jeff Peterson

Guitar, ‘Ukulele
Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and his deep knowledge of multiple open tunings as well as standard tuning, and his ability to both read music and play by ear, has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of solo artists, groups, and orchestras. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

Instructional material available here:

Online Lessons

Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Sheet Music

Ledward Kaapana

James Hill

‘Ukulele
With his JUNO-nominated new album The Old Silo, James Hill invites you into a world of new beginnings, old regrets, might-have-beens, burning questions, beautiful women, horny geezers and gold diggers. Produced by Joel Plaskett, the album cuts a winding path through Folk, Roots Rock and Americana.  With an edginess and swagger unlike anything Hill has ever recorded, The Old Silo proves “beyond the shadow of a doubt that in the right hands the uke can be a formidable axe” (Ann Arbor News).

Instructional material available here:

The Ukulele Way

Ukulele in The Classroom

Ukulele Initiative

Brad Bordessa

Brad Bordessa

‘Ukulele
Brad Bordessa is a Hawaii’i Island-based recording artist who has been fortunate to share the stage with musicians and mentors such as Keoki Kahumoku, Sonny Lim, Herb Ohta, Jr., and (quite accidentally) HAPA. His EP, Point A, features original instrumentals, but it was his passionate protest song, “Draw the Line at 13,” that took the internet by storm. Brad has been teaching ‘ukulele for 8 years, and is currently the in-house instructor at the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua. He has been a returning faculty member at both the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music & Lifestyle Workshop and the Big Island ‘Ukulele XX, where his students appreciate his clear and concise style of teaching. Brad is a graduate of the Institute of Hawaiian Music at UH Maui, where he spent two years always on alert for Uncle George calling to say, “Brad! We got a gig. I’ll pick you up in 15 minutes.”

Instructional material available here: 

Live Ukulele – online lessons

George Kahumoku Jr.

Sonny Lim

Slack Key Guitar, ‘Ukulele, & Slide Guitar
Slack Key Guitarist, Lap Steel Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, Sonny developed his guitar & vocal styles performing with his famous Lim Family of the Big Island. He was also one of the early members of the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau for whom he played lap steel guitar beginning at age 15. In recent years, Sonny’s solo instrumental album, Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim, was a Grammy nominee for Best Hawaiian Music.

Ledward Kaapana

Kevin Brown

Slack Key Guitar
Traditional Slack Key Guitarist & Hawaiian vocalist, Kevin Brown, is the soft spoken leader of the popular Maui group “Ola Hou”. One of Hawaii’s finest musicians and instructors, his easy-going style has deeply influenced a generation of musicians both in Hawaii and on the mainland. In addition to being a long-time instructor at the Workshop, Kevin also taught slack key guitar for 14 years at Maui’s Baldwin High School. He now occasionally teaches at UH Maui College and is a mentor in the new Institute of Hawaiian Music

Brad Bordessa

Stephen Inglis 

Slack Key Guitar
Stephen Inglis is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he is a Grammy-nominated musician. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.

Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slackin on Dylan
opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums
of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric. His latest album, “Cut The Dead Some
Slack” Grateful Dead interpreted Slack Key style, has been garnering rave reviews worldwide.

Stephen lives the music life to the fullest; club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, and recording. He has
played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as “The Barns at Wolftrap” and “Freight and
Salvage” in Berkeley. Stephen keeps expanding his musical range, is a great collaborator, always open
to finding common ground in melody and harmony

Ledward Kaapana

Jason Jerome

‘Ukulele

A lifelong musician, Jason Jerome abandoned the world of restaurant management in favor of the relaxed lifestyle of a music shop owner back in 2006 and has been teaching music on island ever since. When he’s  not teaching free lessons on ukulele, running sound for local schools, or playing music at church, you can find Jason behind the counter at Lahaina Music giving pointers on the joy of ukulele. Jason is married to Vania Jerome, a local music teacher and musical director for several musicals and is the proud father of two talented and wonderful boys. Jason has been rated as one of the most popular ukulele instructors at the workshop and will be teaching all levels, from beginning to advanced ukulele this year.

Instructional material available here:

Online Skype lessons 

Ukulele Instructional Book

Paul Togioka

Peter deAquino

Guitar, ‘Ukulele

Peter was born and raised on the island of Maui. He began playing ukulele at the age of 6. Later he studied ukulele with Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr. Other important influences include all the masters of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with whom he has played regularly for the last 15 years, including Ledward Kaapana, Sonny Lim, Richard Ho’opi’i, Brother Noland, George Kahumoku Jr., Sean Na’auao, and many more. Peter now plays professionally around Maui both solo and in groups at The Hula Grill Kaanapali (leading the band Wilipohaku), Merriman’s Kapalua (Solo), Monkey Pod Ka’anapali (Solo), and The Slack Key Show at Napili Kai. Peter is featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy-winning compilation CDs: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.1, Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.2, and also on the Grammy-nominated Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.

 

Sterling Seaton

Sterling Seaton

Guitar, Hawaiian Fishing

Born and raised on Maui, Sterling showed an early talent for the guitar. At Lahainluna High School, Sterling would practice in between classes and to jam with Uncle George Kahumoku (who was the ceramics teacher) at lunch time. After attending Uncle George’s Annual Summer Workshop in Napili and studying with the slack key masters, Sterling took a particular interest in Slack Key C Tuning. Sterling is the Slack Key Show sound engineer as well as a performer, and also works as a light & sound technician at the Ulalena show in Lahaina. Sterling is featured on the Slack Key Show’s Grammy award winning CDs, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar,Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.2, and Grammy nominated Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Sterling is featured in a new DVD: The Best of the Slack Key Show, Vol. 1

Wainani Kealoha

Liko Rogers

Hawaiian Language 

Aunty Patty Nishiyama organized the event. She explained, “We recognized him on Prince Kuhio Day, because he is a prince of the Hawaiian language for Lahaina.” 

Kumu Liko Rogers, as he is now known affectionately, was born in Detroit in 1969. His birth name was Bradley David Rogers.

The family moved to West Maui in 1982, and he joined the Lahainaluna High School Class of 1987 as a freshman.

His love of the Hawaiian language was fostered at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“I was required to take a language,” Liko told the Lahaina News in a previous interview, “and the language that I chose was Hawaiian, and the reason that I chose Hawaiian language was one: I live in Hawaii, and I thought it would be very neat to know the language of land that I live in.

Read more here…

 

Wainani Kealoha

Max Angel

Ukulele

Max Angel is a 22 year old aspiring musician from the Island of Maui. Starting his ‘ukulele career at the ripe age of 9 years old, Max took quickly to the instrument and began performing at weddings and art galleries around Lahaina. After years of practice, Max competed at the Hula Grill Youth ‘Ukulele Competition, and won in 2012 and 2014. In 2015, Max began playing at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and has been a proud member of our team ever since. Max specializes in Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian music, but is also known to throw in some modern pop hits, and older classics as well. When Max isn’t playing music at the Westin, he is studying at the Univeristy of Hawaii, Maui College and just graduated from the Institute of Hawaiian Music, and is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Hawaiian Studies. You can also find Max performing weekly at the Slack Key Show: Masters of Hawaiian Music along with legendary Hawaiian artist such as George Kahumoku, Ledward Kaapana, and many more. You can find Max’s original compositions on iTunes and Spotify by searching for his CD entitled, “Touch The Sky.” Max is currently working on his debut Hawaiian Album soon to be released. Come see Max, and let his voice and ‘ukulele take you to paradise beyond the sand

Wainani Kealoha

Wainani Kealoha

Hula, Lei Making, Chant
Telling the story with graceful movement and hula hands, Wainani has loved dancing all her life.
Born in Honolulu, she relocated and danced for many years on the Big Island where she joined the hula school, Halau Na Lei O Ka Holoku, led by Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina. Wainani traveled nationally and internationally with Lim’s Halau sharing hula with the world while developing her considerable talent in dance, chanting, and Hawaiian culture. She is a regular dancer at George Kahumoku Jr’s Slack Key Show at the Napili Kai.

Wainani Kealoha

JJ Jerome

Beginning Ukulele

 JJ Jerome ʻo ia ka mea paʻa!