Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau, & Kawika Kahiapo

Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau, & Kawika Kahiapo

George Kahumoku, Jr., Nathan Aweau, Kawika Kahiapo

Tuesday, March 5th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$36 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Masters of Hawaiian Music
Masters of Hawaiian Music
Three Masters of Slack Key guitar, bring folk tradition from the 19th century Hawaiian cowboy culture to 21st century stages. George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy award winning guitarist, songwriter, multi-medium artist. Led Kaapana has been one of Hawaii’s most influential musicians for four decades, pairing his extraordinary voice with exceptional guitar playing. Jeff Peterson combines his expertise in Slack Key guitar with classical and jazz styles with a versatility that has earned him numerous awards.
George Kahumoku, Jr.
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.
Nathan Aweau
Nathan Aweau
Nathan is 3-time Male Vocalist of the Year. He accompanies his beautiful vocals on guitar, sometimes interpreted by his beautiful dancer, Kelehua Kawai. He also demonstrates his extraordinary bass skills on his 8-string electric bass.

Nathan was born into a musical family and his early years were spent learning guitar, ukulele, piano, and developing his natural vocal ability.

In college he discovered a passion for the electric bass and he began accompanying performers such as Henry Kapono and Loyal Garner. He was Don Ho's bass player for 16 years.
In 2002, he released his solo CD, E Apo Mai, which earned three awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year. Later, his CD, Bass Etude, focusing on the electric bass won the Hoku for Jazz Album of the Year.

For 8 years, Nathan was the principle singer of the group, Hapa, with leader Barry Flanagan. In 2005 Hapa released the CD, Maui, which won 4 Hoku Awards including the coveted Album of the Year prize. Nathan was again honored with the Male Vocalist of the Year award for his own solo release, making him the only Hawaiian vocalist to win this award three times.

In 2007 Nathan released second solo CD, Kane'ohe, which presents 12 original songs that celebrate Nathan's home on O'ahu. He played every instrument, sang all the lead & background parts, and engineered, mixed and mastered the entire recording.

Nathan's hula dancer, Kelehua Kawai, has enjoyed the art of hula since childhood. Growing up in Halau (formal Hula school), she danced in keiki hula competitions and later in the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. She began choreographing, instructing and dancing professionally. She is grateful for the gift of hula and appreciates every opportunity to share her craft and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.
Kawika Kahiapo
Kawika Kahiapo
Though now living in beautiful Waimānalo, Kawika grew up in the small town of Kane`ohe on the windward side of O`ahu. One cannot think about the windward side without images of the breathtaking Ko`olau mountain range, lush, green valleys and the magnificent ocean views. Born to Samuel (Uncle Sam) and Josephine (Aunty Jo) Kahiapo, Kawika is the 5th of 6 children. Kawika's interest in music began at an early age, when, inspired by his father, he spent many hours alone in his room strumming along. Some of his fondest memories are of their "garage" jam sessions, when "Pops" Gabby Pahinui would show up with his guitar and bottle of vodka. This is what inspired Kawika's passion for ki ho`alu (slack-key guitar). Today, Kawika continues to perpetuate the art of ki ho`alu in his sound recordings and annually at Slack Key Festivals. He was honored as the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Slack Key Artist of the year.

Serving Ke Akua and others are a priority, and is reflected in Kawika's lifestyle and music. "Love for the islands, it's people, `ohana, and Ke Akua (God), are what inspires him, while staying committed to perpetuating Hawaiian music, the culture, and the the art of ki-ho`alu". His passion for music lives on, as a day rarely goes by without picking up his guitar.