Three masters to perform at May 25 Slack Key Show
NAPILI – Maui will enjoy a special event at George Kahumoku Jr.’s weekly “Slack Key Show-Masters of Hawaiian Music” on Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort.
The show will be a preview of their upcoming Hymns of Hawaii Tour happening in December 2016.
The show features solo performances by each of three heavy hitters of Hawaiian music: Kahumoku, Kawika Kahiapo and Richard Ho’opi’i.
Kahumoku, “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man,” is a multiple Grammy Award winner and weekly star of the Slack Key Show. He plays his signature, custom 12-string slack key guitar to accompany vocals and entertaining stories.
Kahumoku was nominated again for three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this year.
Kahiapo is known for his rich, sonorous vocals and beautiful nylon-string slack key. He was nominated for multiple Na Hoku Awards again last year, taking home the honors for Best Slack Key Album, and Island Music Album of the Year, in 2015.
Ho’opi’i, a falsetto and ukulele master, is a national treasure, having won a National Endowment of the Arts Folk Heritage Award, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
Together, these masters will share the delightful experience of ki-ho’alu (slack key guitar) and leo ki’eki’e (falsetto) – the distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings and Hawaiian vocals.
These three deeply spiritual masters will play some songs together. They are all known for their renditions of Hawaii’s most popular hymns.
Kahumoku, an ordained minister, will feature songs from his “Hymns of Hawaii” and other recordings.
Kahiapo, who is also pastor of a small fellowship on Oahu, said, “Love for the islands, its people, ‘ohana, and Ke Akua (God) are what inspires me.”
Ho’opi’i said his music is a gift from God. “In church, they sang himeni, Hawaiian hymns, and learned harmony and the importance of praising God with our best voice and with all our hearts,” he added.
The show will also feature the Slack Key Show ‘ohana; Wainani Kealoha, with beautiful hula; as well as Ho’opi’i’s wife, Ululani, who will dance for his performance.
The show will be a blessed evening to remember. Make reservations now, as seating is limited. Get tickets online at www.SlackKeyShow.com or call 669-3858. General admission, or pre-show dinner at the Sea House with show package, are available. View Slack Key Show videos at youtube.com/Nancy Kahumoku.