Our instructor list continues to grow. So far our confirmed instructors for 2014 are...
Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi: A multiple Grammy winner, Na Hoku Hanohano winner, 2009 inductee into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, recording artist, and a prolific music composer of the Hawaiian music genre. He is an active member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers), MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and MENC (the National Association for Music Education). For more information please visit www.denniskamakahiproductions.webs.com.
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. For more information please visit www.kahumoku.com
Keoki Kahumoku: Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai 'i. The wonderful Hawaiian mele he performed spawned a vision in Keoki - to reach and teach the keiki o ka aina and preserve this rich Hawaiian heritage. Keoki began teaching 'ukulele with informal lessons, then progressed to 'ukulele and slack key guitar workshops and formal lessons throughout the state of Hawai 'i and on the mainland. In 2007, Keoki helped start the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Inc., a non-profit focusing mainly on the district of Ka'u on Hawai'i Island. He continues to work with and create opportunities for the youth not only in Ka'u but across the mainland and beyond. For more information please visit www.keokikahumoku.com.
John Keawe: A songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. John grew up with rock and roll music and enjoyed listening to singer/songwriters. After a four year tour in the Navy, John returned to his home and was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key. He listened and watched and taught himself to play this style of music. Through the years, he has developed his own distinct style, performs publicly and also composes his own songs.Through the years, John has released ten recordings under the label of Homestead Productions. For more information, please visit www.johnkeawe.com
James Hill: Barely into his 30s, Hill has already made a career out of knocking worlds against each other. His technical prowess on ukulele is achieved through attacking what is mostly regarded as a lowly folk instrument with the seriousness and nuance of technique usually associated with the highest levels of virtuosity on, say, classical violin or piano. His entertaining and unpredictable solo concerts have a world-wide audience that would be envied by many wannabe rock stars and his inspirational music seminars have made him something of a ukulele-based motivational speaker. For more information please visit www.jameshillmusic.com
Brittni Paiva: At 23 years of age, Brittni Paiva (pie –VAH) already a multi award-winning instrumentalist is known for her stunning articulation of what she can do on the ukulele going from slow and moving, to rapid-fire, classical-ballet, to ancient Japan, translating forms of jazz, world beat, pop, Flamenco and Latin, and filter these styles through her 4-string ukulele. Brittni and her ukulele are a brilliant match: Both are humble in nature, small in size, and very powerful with proper delivery. Brittni and the 'ukulele in general have gained notoriety, no longer confined by stereotypes about the instrument. There's a global resurgence in the instrument's popularity and she is part of the trend. Visit: http://www.brittnipaiva.com/
Jon Yamasato:"A talented guitarist, Jon is also instantly recognizable as the voice behind the wildly popular trio known as Pure Heart (of which Jake Shimabukuro was a member). He contributes both vocals and guitar to his various projects with Herb Ohta Jr. Jon is also the co-creator of the acclaimed television and YouTube music series “HI Sessions.” Visit http://www.hawaiiguitar.com/jondarin/
Brad Bordessa: With an out-of-left-field approach to the 'ukulele, Brad creates original music that draws from the influences of Hawaiian artists like Peter Moon and mainstream artists like Santana. He's been playing 'ukulele for 7 years and recently spent four semesters studying in the Institute of Hawaiian Music under the direction of George Kahumoku Jr. He is the webmaster of popular 'ukulele tab site, Live visit http://liveukulele.com
Peter deAquino: Born and raised on the island of Maui. He began playing ukulele at the age of 6. Later he studied ukulele with Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr. Other important influences include all the masters of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with whom he has played regularly for the last 8 years, including Ledward Kaapana and others, also Bradda IZ & Bob Marley. Peter now plays professionally around Maui both solo and in groups: Dukes-Kaanapali (Three Pounds of Poi), Kimo’s-Lahaina (deAquino Braddaz), The Hula Grill (leading the band TBA), and the Hard Rock Café (Sounds of Addiction). Peter is featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs. For more information please visit www.slackkeyshow.com/musician/peter-deaquino
Konabob Stoffer: An avid lover of Hawaiian steel guitar, Konabob has performed with a variety of bands on the Big Island. He has been playing the instrument for 12 years, and he has taught steel guitar at our workshop for a number of years. He also is known for his invention, a tall, skinny 3 string bass that is tuned to taropatch G. Please visit: www.konaweb.com/konabob/
Darci Baker: As a kumu 'ōlelo Hawai'i of 25+ years, Darci feels a great passion and kuleana (responsibility) to pass the language on to those who want to learn it. She has taught at all levels from preschool to college, as well as adult night school, in a prison, and most recently, in Japan. She enjoys playing 'ukulele and piano, but her instrument of choice is her voice. She gained her love for choral singing from her grandparents. She has taught choir at the middle school level for 10 years. Her most recent music passion is song-writing.
Students will learn some of the history, culture and legends of Hawai'i's past, and music techniques of the past and present. Masters of their craft, the award-winning artists/teachers will share their talent, legacy, and love of the islands during this week-long event. The workshop closes with a free public concert on Saturday in Pahala featuring the teachers, and other performers.
Proceeds from this workshop benefit The Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, a non-profit organization founded by Keoki Kahumoku. This organization provides instruments, 'ukulele building workshops, music and cultural education year-around to island children from ages 4-18. Scholarships for twenty or more children are awarded every year for this annual workshop through private party donations and corporate funding. It is Keoki Kahumoku's life-long passion and mission to perpetuate the teachings to our younger generations, to donate instruments and bring music and Hawaiian education to as many Island children as possible.
Hawai'i Island still retains much of the traditional Hawaiian history, crafts, music and lifestyle within its people and places. Tradition is being shared, remembered, and honored in this 21st century. 1400 years ago Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiians) discovered Hawaii Nei and created a society honoring Akua from the mountains to the sea. This year's workshop will be celebrating Hawai'i Island. Legends, music and traditions will be shared from Ka'u, Kona, Kohala, Waimea, Waipi'o, Honoka'a, Hilo and Puna. Participants and instructors gather from as far as Oregon, Seattle, California, Washington D.C., Canada, and Japan to learn, share, be challenged and inspired and relax. One very satisfied participant called it "the most memorable music and cultural experience ever, full of aloha and the feeling of 'ohana."
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PREP SHEETS FOR 'UKULELE PLAYERS
To make the most of your workshop experience, please familiarize yourself with the following skills before arriving at the workshop, depending on your level of playing.
Level 1 (Beginner): A student at this level is brand-new to ukulele or has only played for a short time. A beginner-level student may know a handful of chords but sometimes has trouble moving from one chord to another without pausing.
Level 2 (Intermediate): A student at this level can hold a steady rhythm and is competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E, Em, G, and G7). Understands simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and can more-or-less keep up in a kanikapila session.
Level 3 (Advanced): A student at this level can hear I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth fret, and has been there with barre or 4-fingered closed chords. Can play some lead and can accompany others with steady rhythm.
If you have any questions or need assistance please email Tiffany at email@example.com or call 808-938-6582. Mahalo!