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Virtuosic keepers of a cultural flame. . . . Bringing folklore and cultural memory into a performance that unfolded as breezy entertainment.
—New York Times
Kahumoku was an affable raconteur, mixing his dialogue with passionate renderings of material.
—Los Angeles Times
[Aweau] shows an . . . advanced understanding of harmony and orchestration . . . his singing style is effortless.
[Kahiapo’s] songs . . . show him to be a guy with broad musical horizons.
With over twenty-five solo, collaboration, and compilation CDs to his name, George Kahumoku Jr. celebrates over thirteen years of his famed weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, which produced four 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. 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 Kahumoku Jr.’s belief in sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating the unique music and culture that is Hawaii.
Nathan Aweau was born into a musical family. His early years consisted of piano lessons and learning the guitar and ukulele. Aweau has accompanied performers such 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 fifteen-year stint with the legendary Don Ho as bass player and backup 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.
David Kawika Kahiapo has contributed to more than eighty-four recording projects and performed with numerous artists both on stage and as a studio musician and is a regular at slack-key festivals. Kahiapo’s two solo releases won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s “Grammy”) in two different categories in 2015—one for Best Slack Key Guitar for Ku‘u ‘Āina Aloha, the other for Best Island Music for Ho‘omaluhia. Kahiapo is also featured on Kahumoku’s compilation CD Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2, which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.