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George Kahumoku Jr.’s new slack key show debuts July 7

By Staff | Jul 1, 2010

George Kahumoku Jr. is flanked by Da Ukulele Boyz: Garrett Probst (right) and Peter deAquino.

NAPILI — The beautiful sounds of Hawaiian slack key music continue at Napili Kai Beach Resort.

Four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoku Jr. is now the sole producer for "Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music" (formerly called the Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series).

Experience the show every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Aloha Pavilion.

The new name reflects a roster shift to more ukulele and vocal talent while continuing to present legendary slack key guitarists such as Ledward Kaapana, legendary composer Dennis Kamakahi and multi-genre instrumentalist Jeff Peterson.  

The show will also feature top Hawaiian musicians like falsetto great Richard Ho‘opi‘i and lap steel master Bobby Ingano. New additions to the upcoming schedule include Na Hoku Hanohano "Male Vocalist of the Year" Nathan Aweau with his lovely hula dancer, and contemporary innovator Brother Noland.

Co-hosting each week are Hawaii’s Renaissance Man, George Kahumoku Jr., singing and playing his signature 12-string slack key guitar; Maui’s Da Ukulele Boyz (Garrett Probst and Peter deAquino), a charismatic high-energy duo; plus young rising star guitarist Sterling Seaton, who is versed in the "C" slack key tuning.  

Kahumoku said, "Mahalo to our loyal fans who’ve been coming regularly to our masters concert series. We will be celebrating our seventh anniversary this October, and we have another great show compilation CD in the works."

The show’s five compilations were all nominated for Grammy Awards, and four of them won.

Upcoming guests include Herb Ohta Jr. and David Kamakahi on July 7, Ledward Kaapana on July 14, Dennis Kamakahi on July 21 and Brother Noland on July 28.

The slack key show has some great new features: online booking at

www.slackkey.com and a 24/7 Reservation Call Center (808-669-3858), making it even easier to book tickets ($39.99 plus applicable fees).