Kahumoku 'Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop


Keoki Kahumoku, proud resident of Hawai'i Island and five-time Grammy award winner, will be holding his 9th annual Kahumoku 'Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyles Workshop from November 8 through November 16, 2014 in the district of Ka'u. Immersed in the culture of Hawai'i on the grounds of the Pahala Plantation Cottages, this is a rare week-long opportunity to learn ki ho'alu (slack key guitar), 'ukulele, steel guitar, song writing, music theory and hula, from today's top masters, many of which have ties to the island of Hawai'i. Other cultural activities include lei making, chant, Hawaiian Song and choir, lauhala and coconut palm weaving, food preparation and traditional crafts. Tuition for the event includes all music and cultural classes, private one-on-one lessons from all instructors, three meals a day prepared by Keoki Kahumoku and staff featuring local farmers and ranchers of the Big Island, nightly kani ka pila (jam sessions), imu (earthen stove) ceremony, food demonstrations, and more.
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Video by Alvin Franco & Kau Concert Society with funding from the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

Kahumoku Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyles workshop overflows Ka'u with cultural artisans in its ninth year!

Held at the Pahala Plantation House
In Pahala, Hawaii



Kahumoku Ohana
Hawaiian Music &
Lifestyle Worshop
      
Center for Hawaiian
Music Studies Inc.
Our instructor list continues to grow. So far our confirmed instructors for 2014 are...

Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi: A multiple Grammy winner, Na Hoku Hanohano winner, 2009 inductee into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, recording artist, and a prolific music composer of the Hawaiian music genre. He is an active member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers), MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and MENC (the National Association for Music Education). For more information please visit www.denniskamakahiproductions.webs.com.


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.


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: Barely into his 30s, 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


Brittni Paiva: At 23 years of age, Brittni Paiva (pie –VAH) already a multi award-winning instrumentalist is known for her stunning articulation of what she can do on the ukulele going from slow and moving, to rapid-fire, classical-ballet, to ancient Japan, translating forms of jazz, world beat, pop, Flamenco and Latin, and filter these styles through her 4-string ukulele. Brittni and her ukulele are a brilliant match: Both are humble in nature, small in size, and very powerful with proper delivery. Brittni and the 'ukulele in general have gained notoriety, no longer confined by stereotypes about the instrument. There's a global resurgence in the instrument's popularity and she is part of the trend. Visit: http://www.brittnipaiva.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


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.

Ka'iwi Perkins: A resident of Pahala, Hawai'i and an expert in the art of lauhala weaving.

Jesse Ke: A resident of Pahala and an active community member, with extensive knowledge about the area and history of Pahala.

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."


  1. Complete Scholarship Forms
  2. Send to 358 Ululani St., Hilo HI, 96720
  3. Scholarship Forms must be postmarked and are due no later than September 1, 2014

Dates:
Saturday, Saturday November 8 - Sunday November 16, 2014

Location:
District of Ka'u, Island of Hawai'i, Pahala Plantation House

Program:
a week of hands-on instruction in slack key guitar, 'ukulele, Hawaiian steel guitar & slack key bass; music theory; songwriting; song sessions; private lessons; Hawaiian language & chanting; singing; hula; lei making; nightly Ka Ni Kapila (jam sessions); food demos and day trips. Free concert on Saturday November 10.

Rates:
  • $1450.00 Regular Student Rate -- Fee includes: all classes and instruction, including group and one-on-one lessons; three meals, all Hawaiian cultural classes, including hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making and more; nightly choir; nightly kanikapila; a workshop t-shirt, workbook and songbook. (You may hold your space with a $725.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due on or before October 15, 2013.)
  • $650.00 Companion/Spouse Student Rate -- Fee includes: all Hawaiian cultural classes, three meals; nightly choir; nightly kanikapila; a workshop t-shirt, workbook and songbook. Does not include hands-on instructional classes, music theory, songwriting and song session classes. (You may hold your space with a $325.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due on or before October 15, 2013.)
  • $1200.00 Kama'aina Student Rate -- Fee includes: all classes and instruction, including group and one-on-one lessons; three meals, all Hawaiian cultural classes, including hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making and more; nightly choir; nightly kanikapila; a workshop t-shirt, workbook and songbook. (You may hold your space with a $600.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due on or before October 15, 2013.)
  • Family/Group/Daily Rate -- *Please email Tiffany at tiffanyfreedom@gmail.comor call 808-938-6582 for information regarding the family/group/daily rate.
  • 'Ukulele Club Discount - Buy 4, get the 5th free -- When four club members register and pay the regular student rate in full before August 30, 2013, a fifth participant from your club attends for free. Please note the name of your club when you register.
*Please note--tuition does not include lodging. There are private rooms, cottages and condos available for rent in and near Pahala. You can call Pahala Plantation Cottages at 808-928-9811 or Ka'u Realty at 808-929-9999 for options, rates, and information regarding lodging during the workshop.
Limited scholarships available.
An integral part of the workshop, scholarships are given (on a first-come, first-serve basis and with preference to youth up to age 21), to students who show a specific interest in Hawaiian music, language, culture and lifestyle. Students are required to write an essay on a given topic and fill out a questionnaire in order to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarship forms, including the questionnaire and essay question topic, will be available here atwww.konaweb.com/keoki after September 1. For more information please contact Tiffany at tiffanyfreedom@gmail.com or call 808-938-6582.

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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 tiffanyfreedom@gmail.com or call 808-938-6582. Mahalo!