Two Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” share Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles, with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. Delightful, authentic, true aloha!
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Noted The New York Times of Kahumoku’s Masters of Hawaiian Music show:
“Virtuosic keepers of a cultural flame…Bringing folklore & cultural memory into a performance that unfolded as breezy entertainment.”
Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoko Jr., known as “Hawai‘i’s Renaissance Man”, is a multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Aweau has been part of such award-winning groups as HAPA, Ka‘eo, and The Ali‘i. His seven solo CDs have won him multiple Na Hoku Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year (the only person to have won 3 times), Song of the Year (twice), and Island Album of the Year, among others.
George Kahumoko Jr
With over 25 solo, collaboration, and compilation CDs to his name, George celebrates over 15 years of his famed weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, which produced 4 Grammy-winning CDs. He founded the Hawaiian Music Institute at University of Hawai‘i-Maui College to preserve the legacy of Hawaiian music and to prepare the next generation for careers in music. He lives on Maui with his wife, Nancy, maintaining their 3- acre farm, growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi) and tending goats, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. A renowned storyteller, George collaborated on the book A Hawaiian Life with long-time friend Paul Konwiser to capture his hilarious, entertaining on-stage stories. This project led to his film biography Seeds of Aloha. For the last 15 years, George Kahumoku Jr.’s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and ‘Ukulele Workshop creates one of the great musical learning experiences in the Islands today, and embodies George’s belief in sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating the unique music and culture that is Hawai‘i.
Nathan Aweau was born into a musical family. His early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ‘ukulele, combined with the natural ability to sing. He then moved on to the saxophone, and in college, performed in the jazz ensemble as a bass player, and the wind symphony as a percussionist. His passion for the electric bass made it rise to the top as his main instrument. He started his professional career while still in college, accompanying such performers as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner and Nohelani. He was a member of the Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Music) Award winning group Ka’eo and the award winning group The Ali’i’s. He also
did a 15 year stint with the legendary Don Ho, as bass player and back-up singer. Since 2002, he has released six solo CDs, which have won him multiple Na Hoku Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Jazz Album of the Year. In 2002, Nathan also became part of Hapa, with musical colleague guitarist Barry Flanagan, and chanter Charles Ka’upu, for what became an 8-year creative collaboration.
Mahinahina: Nathan Aweau featuring Hula by Kelehua Kawai
Lahaina Luna: George Kahumoku Jr
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the South Dakota Arts Council and the Crane Group. Additional support from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund, made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andres W. Mellon Foundation, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.