Thursday, February 18 8:00 PM
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LED KAAPANA grew up in a family of musicians in Kalapana, in the southernmost district of Hawaii Island. His teachers included his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, from whom he learned to sing leo ki'eki'e (Hawaiian falsetto singing), and his uncle, Fred Punahoa. "We didn't have electricity, not television, not even much radio," says Kaapana. "So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music." Throughout his career, Ledward has dedicated himself to perpetuating the traditional style and repertoire of his home, beginning in his teens with the musical group Hui ‘Ohana which produced 14 best-selling albums and became a key figure in the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian culture and music during the 1970s. Launching a solo career in 1983, Kaapana has continued to garner acclaim for his improvisational melodies and falsetto vocals. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations in his own right and three wins on slack key compilations. He has won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) awards, including Favorite Entertainer of the Year in 2009.
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 10 years of his famed weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, which produced 4 Grammy-winning CDs; his most recent solo CD was nominated for a 2012 Grammy in the Regional Roots category. 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.
JEFF PETERSON, was born on the Island of Maui and grew up on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music and to guitar by his father, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) on Haleakala Ranch. At an early age, he began to pick up influences from such Hawai‘i slack key greats as the Gabby Pahinui Band, Leonard Kwan, and Sonny Chillingworth. As he began studying on his own, he delved into a wide variety of musical genres for guitar and went on to study jazz and classical guitar. Five of Jeff’s songs are featured in the award-winning George Clooney film The Descendants. A two-time Grammy winner, Jeff was featured on Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 which won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian recording, and received his second Grammy in 2010 for his contribution to George Kahumoku’s Masters of Slack Key Guitar vol. 2. He has recorded 6 solo CDs to date, winning Best Slack Key Album at the 2010 & 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Awards and a Grammy nomination for Maui on My Mind. Jeff has worked with a wide range of artists including Eric Clapton, Led Kaapana, James Galway, Michael Feinstein, and the Honolulu Symphony, among others.