Maui Workshop

Maui Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop

June 17 - 24, 2018

Join us at the 21st Annual Workshop in June 2018!

The George Kahumoku Jr. Slack Key Guitar & ‘Ukulele Workshop will celebrate its 21st year in 2018.  Come and experience the best available slack key guitar and ‘ukulele instruction anywhere, with Hawaii’s top musicians teaching both group classes and providing one-on-one private instruction.

You’ll spend a week in classes that cover playing techniques, song repertoire, jamming, composition, and a variety of other topics, all designed to take your playing to the next level.  In addition to musical instruction, students can also take classes in Hawaiian history, culture, and traditional crafts.

The beautiful Napili Kai Beach Resort will once again be our Workshop headquarters, with discounted room rates available to workshop attendees. Registration for the 2018 Workshop is now open – click the Register button at the left side of the page to register now!

Workshop Class

2018 Workshop Newsletters will begin mailing beginning April 1, 2018.

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Napili Kai Beach Resort Information

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2018 Workshop Music Instructor Staff

Ledward Kaapana – guitar, ‘ukulele

George Kahumoku Jr. – guitar, ukulele

Kevin Brown – guitar

Sonny Lim – guitar & lap steel

Ken Emerson – lap steel, ukulele,  guitar

Peter deAquino – ukulele

Herb Ohta, Jr. – ‘ukulele

Jason Jerome – ‘ukulele

Brad Bordessa – ‘ukulele

Sterling Seaton – guitar

Stephen Inglis – guitar

Cultural/Crafts Instructors

Wainani Kealoha – Hula, lei-making, chant

Instructor TBA*– the Art of Kapa (Hana Kapa)

George Kahumoku Jr. – Hawaiian Cooking

BrieAnne Prestwich – Voice & Workshop Choir

Helen Bigelow* – Lauhala weaving

Sterling Seaton – Lawai’a: Hawaiian fishing

Jason Jerome – Inro to ‘Ukulele

Liko Rogers* – Hawaiian Language

Peter deAquino – Hawaiian Fishing

*tentative, pending confirmation

Workshop Tracks

Slack Key Guitar
  • Beginning Slack Key
  • Intermediate Slack Key
  • Advanced Slack Key
  • Alternate Tunings
  • Intros, Vamps, & Endings
  • Improvising
  • Jamming With Others
  • Songs & Singing
  • Taro Patch F
  • C Tunings
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting
  • Modulation & Chord Repertoire
  • Beginning ‘Ukulele
  • Intermediate ‘Ukulele
  • Advanced ‘Ukulele
  • C Slack ‘Ukulele
  • Intros, Vamps, & Endings
  • Improvising
  • Jamming With Others
  • Jazz, Blues ‘Ukulele
  • Rhythms & Strumming Styles
  • Fingerpicking Styles
  • Music Theory
  • Chord Repertoire
  • Turnarounds & Endings
  • Hula Performance
  • Hula Skills Development
  • Lauhala Weaving
  • Lei Making
  • The Art of Kapa Cloth
  • Hawaiian Chants & Language
  • Hawaiian Cooking
  • Lawai’a – Hawaiian Fishing, Net Throwing
  • Introduction to ‘Ukulele
  • Kahumoku Farm Field Trip

Workshop Tuition

Registration Period Music + Culture (All Access) Culture/Crafts Program
Early Bird Rates $1350 $825
Feb. 1 - onward$1500$1000
A special meal plan rate of $500 is available for spouse/companions not participating in workshop programs. See the registration page for details.
workshop class tent

Outline Schedule

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


  • 2:00 pm – Workshop welcome and orientation for new students
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm check-in at the Napili Kai
  • 6:00 pm – Welcome dinner & Anniversary Celebration
  • 7:30 pm Kanikapila (jam session) at the Napili Kai.


  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in the Aloha Pavilion
  • 8:30 am  – Late check-in and morning group meeting
  • 9:15 am – Morning classes begin
  • 12:15 pm – Lunch
  • 1:15 pm – Afternoon classes begin
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Kanikapila at the Aloha Pavilion


  • Same as Monday, except “Open Mic Night” for workshop students at the Napili Kai Aloha Pavilion (on stage, support musicians available)


  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in the Aloha Pavilion
  • 8:30 am – Group meeting
  • 9:15 am – Morning classes begin
  • 12:15 pm – Lunch
  • Afternoon is free (dinner on your own)
  • 7:30 pm – SLACK KEY SHOW at the Napili Kai Aloha Pavilion, teachers performing


  • same as first Monday


  • Same as first Monday


  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in the Aloha Pavilion
  • 9:15 am – Classes begin
  • 12:15 pm – Lunch
  • Some afternoon classes
  • 3:00 pm – Whole group rehearsal for the MACC performance
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Kanikapila at the Aloha Pavilion


  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in the Aloha Pavilion
  • 8:00 am – Class photo shoot (wearing workshop T-shirt) at Napili Kai
  • Lunch on your own
  • 11:30 am – Leave for Kahului for the Slack Key Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC)
  • 1:00 pm – Kahumoku Workshop performance at the Maui Slack Key Guitar Festival
  • Final group photo stage-side immediately after the performance. This is the final activity of the workshop
  • 6:00 pm – Unofficial pot luck dinner and kanikapila at the Napili Kai Pool (6:30 pm) for those still around Sunday evening


  • 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.

Workshop Class of 2016