Christmas Kanikapila Tour – Herb Ohta Jr., Keoki Kahumoku, & John Keawe
Event on 2012-12-07 19:00:00
Herb Ohta Jr.
An international recording artist, Herb is considered to be one of today’s most accomplished `ukulele masters.’ Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, Herb puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this versatile and beautiful instrument. The son of ‘ukulele legend Ohta-san,’ Herb Junior started playing the instrument at the age of three, and teaching it at the age of 9. Ohta now shares the music of Hawaii, and the beauty of the ukulele with Hawaiian music enthusiasts around the world, performing in concerts and conducting instructional workshops. This Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner (Hawaiian equivalent to the Grammy) and four-time Hawaii Music Award winner effortlessly translates the beauty and culture of Hawaii through his creative musical expression. With nine solo albums and eight duet albums in circulation, and contributions on more than 40 other recordings, Herb is on his way to matching his father’s legacy. In 2010 Herb celebrated his 20th Anniversary in the music industry by releasing two new recordings, `Ukulele Nahenahe’ and ‘Take 1.’ In 2011, `Ukulele Nahenahe’ won the Hawaii Music Award for ‘Best Ukulele Recording’ and also won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for ‘Best Instrumental.
This fifth generation award winning slack-key guitarist & recording artist began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr. in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Later, Keoki moved to of Maui where he performed around the island including the Westin & Kapalua Bay Hotels. Possessing a special talent for teaching, Keoki began classes at home and at various educational institutions including the Queen Liliuokalani Children Center, Maui Community College, King Kekaulike High School, Haleakala Waldorf School and a myriad of other places inspiring students of all ages. In 1995, he started the Annual Youth ‘Ukulele Players Contest at the Hula Grill which continues to this day. He continues to teach private lessons from his present home in Hilo on the Big Island through his non-profit, the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies. His professional students include the Slack Key Show’s Ukulele Boyz (Peter deAquino & Garrett Probst) and Hoku Award winning Brittni Paiva. Keoki has recorded with his father in Ho‘oilina – The Legacy, with Herb Ohta, Jr. on Hawaiian from the Heart and Treasures of Aloha. Keoki’s solo CD, Liko, contains a wonderful mix of contemporary Hawaiian, ki ho’alu, ‘ukulele, and a hint of blues and was nominated for Best Slack Key in the Hawai‘i Music Awards. His latest solo CD, Rise & Shine features many Kahumoku family songs. Keoki is a farmer, hunter, & fisherman. Equally comfortable cooking for a crowd or performing for them, Keoki draws his inspiration from his Hawaiian roots. Like his dad, Keoki’s performance is as much about his relaxed, engaging “talk story” as it is about his wide ranging traditional and contemporary Hawaiian repertoire. Keoki earned a Hoku Award for producing Best Compilation for Hula! Big Island Style – Various Artists. He is also an artist on 5 Grammy winning Best Hawaiian Music CDs: 2005 Slack Key Guitar Volume 2 – 47th Grammy Awards winner 2006 Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 1 – 48th Grammy Awards winner 2007 Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Live from Maui – 49th Grammy Awards winner 2008 Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – 50th Grammy Awards winner 2009 The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – 51st Grammy Award nominee 2010 Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 52nd Grammy Award winner
John Keawe is a multiple award winning singer/songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. John is mostly self taught, performs many of his own compositions, but also some traditional vocal and instrumental songs. He is accompanied by his lovely wife, Hope, who dances hula for him. After a four-year tour in the Navy, John returned home and was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key. He listened, watched, and taught himself to play this style of music. Through the years, he has developed his own distinct style. Of all his recordings, seven were nominated for Na Hoku HanoHano Awards . The CD Ho`onanea won in 1994 for Best Instrumental. At the 1998 Hawaii Music Awards, John won best slack-key artist for his Mana`olana. In 2003 , John received a Hawaii Music Award for Aloha Kaikua`ana. He also won a Hoku Award for Ki-ho`alu which is a special award given to an artist for perpetuating the art of slack-key guitar. In 2005, John was honored as a contributing artist on Hawaii's first Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album for an all instrumental compilation CD entitled Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2 on Palm Records. 2009 John received his first Na Hoku Hano Hano Award for Slack-Key Album of the Year for the CD Hawai`i Island…Is My Home. With his tenth album, Play With Me Papa, John received his fourth Na Hoku Hano Hano award for Slack-Key Album of the Year in 2011.. John performs regularly on the Big Island and on Maui at George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show or sometimes at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He often teaches at Keoki Kahumoku’s Music & Lifestyle Workshops where he is a favorite Slack Key instructor.
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