Paniolo Slack Key – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy


I have been singing these traditional songs most of my life, songs that celebrate the cowboy, horse, and ranching in Hawaii. I have also composed three original songs for this CD. The songs are played using F or G TaroPatch tunings, and sometimes my great grandfather’s D Wahine tuning.

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I come from a musical family of paniolo, fishermen, & farmers. My father, George Sr., quit school after the eighth grade and broke horses for McCandless Ranch in South Kona, among other things. My great grandfather, Willy Kahumoku, was instrumental in building the stone walls that contained the cattle from Kona all the way to Waimea. My parents, grandparents, great grandparents all played Kiho’alu, or Slack Key guitar. I’ve been playing & performing Slack Key guitar, farming, and ranching all of my life. Till today I continue our Hawaiian family tradition of ranching and farming by raising goats, sheep, and miniature horses on our small farm on Maui. I grow a wide array of fruit, taro, vegetables, and Hawaiian herbal teas with my wife, Nancy.

Mahalo to our many friends and patrons who helped to fund this project through Kickstarter.

He Mele No Na Lio
Kilakila ‘O Haleakala
Kona Kai ‘Opua
Maika’i Kamakani ‘O Kohala
Moloka’i Nui A Hina
Ka ‘Opae
Paniolo Slack Key (Instrumental)
Kilakila Na Roughrider
Ku’u Pete
Kupa Landing
Moani Ke’ala
Ku’u Hoa Hololio
Pi’iholo Sunset (instrumental)