Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” bring Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles, with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture, to 21st century stages.
George Kahumoku, Jr., guitar and vocals
Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku 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. “Affable raconteur, passionate renderings of material” — LA Times
George Kahumoku, Jr. 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. 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. 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, bass, guitar, and vocals
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. “His singing style is effortless” – NY Times
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 for Male Vocalist of the Year (an unprecedented 3 time winner), 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 and award-winning collaboration.
Kawika Kahiapo, guitar and vocals
Slack Key Guitarist David “Kawika” Kahiapo most recently won two 2015 Na Hoku Awards for his 2 newest releases, one for Slack Key Guitar Album of the Year, the other for Island Album. A regular at Jack Johnson’s Kokua Fests, his slack key roots and commitment to Hawaiian culture run deep. “Talented slack key…broad musical horizons” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser
David “Kawika” Kahiapo was born on the windward side of O`ahu, Kawika finds a never-ending source of inspiration in the breathtaking Ko`olau mountain range, lush, green valleys and the magnificent ocean views. His interest in music began at an early age, when, inspired by his father, he spent many hours practicing guitar alone, then learning from “garage” jam sessions, when “Pops” Gabby Pahinui would show up at their house to play, further igniting his passion for ki-ho`alu, Slack Key guitar. At age17, Kawika entered the professional music scene and has since contributed to more than 84 recording projects and performed with numerous artists both on stage and as a studio musician, and is a regular at slack key festivals. Kawika’s has won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”), including two in 2015 – one for Best Slack Key Guitar, the other for Best Island Music. Kawika is also featured on George Kahumoku’s compilation CD Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol 2 which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album.