Maui Workshop

Maui Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop

June 2nd - 9th, 2021

Join us at the 23d Annual Workshop in June 2021

Due to the coronavirus, the 2021 George Kahumoku Jr. Slack Key Guitar & ‘Ukulele Workshop has been rescheduled to June 2nd – 9th, 2021. 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 2021 Workshop will open on Jan. 1st, 2021.

Workshop Class

2021 Workshop Newsletters will begin mailing beginning April 1, 2021.

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Napili Kai Beach Resort Information

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2021 Workshop Music Instructor Staff (Tentative)

Ledward Kaapana – guitar, ‘ukulele

George Kahumoku Jr. – guitar, ukulele

Stephen Inglis – guitar

Kevin Brown – guitar

Sonny Lim – guitar & lap steel

Jeff Peterson – guitar, ukulele

Max Angel– beginning ‘ukulele


Herb Ohta, Jr. – ‘ukulele

James Hill – ‘ukulele

Jason Jerome – ‘ukulele

Brad Bordessa – ‘ukulele

Sterling Seaton – guitar

Peter deAquino – ‘ukulele

JJ Jerome – beginning ‘ukulele

Cultural/Crafts Instructors (Tentative)

Wainani Kealoha – Hula, lei-making, chant

George Kahumoku Jr. – Hawaiian Cooking, Farm Field Trip

Vania Jerome – Voice & Workshop Choir

Pohaku Kaho’ohanohano – Lauhala weaving

Sterling Seaton – Lawai’a: Hawaiian fishing

Jason Jerome – Inro to ‘Ukulele

Liko Rogers – Hawaiian Language


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 PeriodMusic + Culture (All Access)Culture/Crafts Program
Early Bird Discount $1700* $1300*
After Feb. 1, 2021 $1900* $1700*

* A discount of $200 is applied to the above rates for those students staying at the Napili Kai during the workshop, as this reduces our costs.

A special plan that includes all meals and tickets to two Masters of Slack Key Shows, at $600 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)


  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm check-in at the Napili Kai
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm Orientation for new students
  • Student have dinner on their own
  • 7:30 Masters of Slack Key Guitar Show in Aloha Pavilion


  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in the Aloha Pavilion
  • 8:15 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 Thursday


  • Same as Thursday


  • 8:00 – Field trip to Kahumoku Farm
  • 12:00 – Lunch at the Farm
  • 2:00 – Return to Napili, rest of afternoon free time.
  • Students have dinner on their own
  • 7:30 pm – Kanikapila at the Aloha Pavilion


  • Same as Thursday


  • Same morning schedule
  • 4:00 – Rehearsal time for Open Mic
  • 5:00 –  Keiki Hula in Aloha Pavilion
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Open Mic Night in the Aloha Pavilion


  • 7:30 am – Breakfast in the Aloha Pavilion
  • 8:00 am – Class photo shoot (wearing workshop T-shirt) at Napili Kai, followed by dress rehearsal for show performance
  • Lunch Afternoon is free time with students’ dinner on your own
  • 7:30 pm – Kahumoku Workshop performance at the Masters of Slack Key Guitar Show
  • 9:30 pm – Final group photo stage-side immediately after the performance. This is the final activity of the workshop


  • 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 2019