Our instructor list continues to grow. So far our confirmed instructors for 2014 are...
Help us remember and celebrate Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi, who was a huge influence and mentor for many of our instructors and students and a wonderful presence at the workshop every year since it started, supporting and believing in our goals and visions.
George Kahumoku Jr.: There 's a reason he 's been called Hawaii 's Renaissance man: George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award & Hoku Award winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, high school and college teacher, artist and sculptor, storyteller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. For more information please visit www.kahumoku.com
Keoki Kahumoku: Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai 'i. The wonderful Hawaiian mele he performed spawned a vision in Keoki - to reach and teach the keiki o ka aina and preserve this rich Hawaiian heritage. Keoki began teaching 'ukulele with informal lessons, then progressed to 'ukulele and slack key guitar workshops and formal lessons throughout the state of Hawai 'i and on the mainland. In 2007, Keoki helped start the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Inc., a non-profit focusing mainly on the district of Ka'u on Hawai'i Island. He continues to work with and create opportunities for the youth not only in Ka'u but across the mainland and beyond. For more information please visit www.keokikahumoku.com.
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 has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. 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. Born on the Island of Maui, Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, on the Haleakala Ranch. He has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and has been honored with four Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards in Hawaii. www.jeffpetersonguitar.com
Ukulele Recording Artist, Instructor, Producer, Songwriter, Multiple Hoku Award winner, David Kamakahi is the son of famous Slack Key Guitar master songwriter, Dennis Kamakahi. David secretly took up the ukulele at age 15 studying the stylings of the great ukulele master and mentor, Eddie Kamae, and studying myriad recordings of others such as Peter Moon, Troy Fernandez, and Ledward Kaapana. His self-discipline combined with an amazing ear for music and a clear natural talent enabled him to rapidly develop an exceptionally clean, polished, and proficient technique.
Sonny Lim: A member of Hawaii's famous musical Lim family, Sonny was born and raised in the heart of paniolo (cowboy) country on the Big Island. Sonny's parents taught their children to play a variety of musical instruments. Sonny's father was a paniolo at Parker Ranch, where Sonny also worked for 23 years. His introduction to ki ho'alu (slack key guitar) came as a child, when he was inspired by Gabby Pahinui while watching him perform at a lu'au in Kohala. Sonny's professional career started as a teenager when he commuted to Oahu to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. Over the past two decades Sonny has performed with virtually every 'name' musician in Hawaii. He is a multiple Hoku award winner, performs regularly with his family in Hawaii and Japan, and performed on Hawaii's first GRAMMY CD, "Slack Key Guitar Volume 2" (Palm Records). For more information please visit www.palmrecords.com/artists/sonny_lim
John Keawe: A songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. John grew up with rock and roll music and enjoyed listening to singer/songwriters. After a four year tour in the Navy, John returned to his home and was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key. He listened and watched and taught himself to play this style of music. Through the years, he has developed his own distinct style, performs publicly and also composes his own songs.Through the years, John has released ten recordings under the label of Homestead Productions. For more information, please visit www.johnkeawe.com
James Hill: James Hill has already made a career out of knocking worlds against each other. His technical prowess on ukulele is achieved through attacking what is mostly regarded as a lowly folk instrument with the seriousness and nuance of technique usually associated with the highest levels of virtuosity on, say, classical violin or piano. His entertaining and unpredictable solo concerts have a world-wide audience that would be envied by many wannabe rock stars and his inspirational music seminars have made him something of a ukulele-based motivational speaker. For more information please visit www.jameshillmusic.com
Jon Yamasato:"A talented guitarist, Jon is also instantly recognizable as the voice behind the wildly popular trio known as Pure Heart (of which Jake Shimabukuro was a member). He contributes both vocals and guitar to his various projects with Herb Ohta Jr. Jon is also the co-creator of the acclaimed television and YouTube music series “HI Sessions.” Visit http://www.hawaiiguitar.com/jondarin/
Brad Bordessa: With an out-of-left-field approach to the 'ukulele, Brad creates original music that draws from the influences of Hawaiian artists like Peter Moon and mainstream artists like Santana. He's been playing 'ukulele for 7 years and recently spent four semesters studying in the Institute of Hawaiian Music under the direction of George Kahumoku Jr. He is the webmaster of popular 'ukulele tab site, Live visit http://liveukulele.com
We are the Abrigo 'Ohana, a Hawaiian music band of talented young siblings. At our live performances we showcase exceptional instrumentation of ukulele, Hawaiian slack key guitar, and steel guitar. We are known for our exciting music which features powerful and beautiful vocal stylings and harmonies.
Peter deAquino: 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 8 years, including Ledward Kaapana and others, also Bradda IZ & Bob Marley. Peter now plays professionally around Maui both solo and in groups: Dukes-Kaanapali (Three Pounds of Poi), Kimo’s-Lahaina (deAquino Braddaz), The Hula Grill (leading the band TBA), and the Hard Rock Café (Sounds of Addiction). Peter is featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs. For more information please visit www.slackkeyshow.com/musician/peter-deaquino
Konabob Stoffer: An avid lover of Hawaiian steel guitar, Konabob has performed with a variety of bands on the Big Island. He has been playing the instrument for 12 years, and he has taught steel guitar at our workshop for a number of years. He also is known for his invention, a tall, skinny 3 string bass that is tuned to taropatch G. Please visit: www.konaweb.com/konabob/
Darci Baker: As a kumu 'ōlelo Hawai'i of 25+ years, Darci feels a great passion and kuleana (responsibility) to pass the language on to those who want to learn it. She has taught at all levels from preschool to college, as well as adult night school, in a prison, and most recently, in Japan. She enjoys playing 'ukulele and piano, but her instrument of choice is her voice. She gained her love for choral singing from her grandparents. She has taught choir at the middle school level for 10 years. Her most recent music passion is song-writing.
Pua Medina: With a deep interest in the arts and crafts of Hawaii, Pua has been a lifelong student! She recently studied under Kumu Kapa Dalani Tanahy in a year-long Real Time Kapa Making Class, where she learned the process of making kapa from planting to pounding, as well as making all the tools traditionally used. Her other creative interests include lauhala weaving, sewing, and jewelry making.
Students will learn some of the history, culture and legends of Hawai'i's past, and music techniques of the past and present. Masters of their craft, the award-winning artists/teachers will share their talent, legacy, and love of the islands during this week-long event. The workshop closes with a free public concert on Saturday in Pahala featuring the teachers, and other performers.
Proceeds from this workshop benefit The Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, a non-profit organization founded by Keoki Kahumoku. This organization provides instruments, 'ukulele building workshops, music and cultural education year-around to island children from ages 4-18. Scholarships for twenty or more children are awarded every year for this annual workshop through private party donations and corporate funding. It is Keoki Kahumoku's life-long passion and mission to perpetuate the teachings to our younger generations, to donate instruments and bring music and Hawaiian education to as many Island children as possible.
Hawai'i Island still retains much of the traditional Hawaiian history, crafts, music and lifestyle within its people and places. Tradition is being shared, remembered, and honored in this 21st century. 1400 years ago Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiians) discovered Hawaii Nei and created a society honoring Akua from the mountains to the sea. This year's workshop will be celebrating Hawai'i Island. Legends, music and traditions will be shared from Ka'u, Kona, Kohala, Waimea, Waipi'o, Honoka'a, Hilo and Puna. Participants and instructors gather from as far as Oregon, Seattle, California, Washington D.C., Canada, and Japan to learn, share, be challenged and inspired and relax. One very satisfied participant called it "the most memorable music and cultural experience ever, full of aloha and the feeling of 'ohana."
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PREP SHEETS FOR 'UKULELE PLAYERS
To make the most of your workshop experience, please familiarize yourself with the following skills before arriving at the workshop, depending on your level of playing.
Level 1 (Beginner): A student at this level is brand-new to ukulele or has only played for a short time. A beginner-level student may know a handful of chords but sometimes has trouble moving from one chord to another without pausing.
Level 2 (Intermediate): A student at this level can hold a steady rhythm and is competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E, Em, G, and G7). Understands simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and can more-or-less keep up in a kanikapila session.
Level 3 (Advanced): A student at this level can hear I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth fret, and has been there with barre or 4-fingered closed chords. Can play some lead and can accompany others with steady rhythm.
If you have any questions or need assistance please email Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-938-6582. Mahalo!