Kahumoku 'Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop

10th Anniversary Hawaiian Music & Lifestyle Workshop
November 7th - 15th, 2015!

Keoki Kahumoku, proud resident of Hawai`i Island and five-time Grammy award winner, will be holding his 9th annual Kahumoku `Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop from November 7th - 15, 2015 in the district of Ka`u. Held on the grounds of the Pahala Plantation House, this is a rare week-long opportunity to learn ki ho`alu (slack key guitar), `ukulele, steel guitar, song writing, music theory and hula from today's top masters, many of whom have ties to the island of Hawai`i. Other cultural activities include lei making, chant, Hawaiian Song and choir, lauhala and coconut palm weaving, food preparation and traditional crafts. Tuition for the event includes all music and cultural classes; private one-on-one lessons from all instructors; three meals a day prepared by Keoki Kahumoku and staff, featuring produce, fish and meat from local farmers and ranchers of the Big Island; nightly kani ka pila (jam sessions); an imu (earthen stove) ceremony; food demonstrations; and more.
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Video by Alvin Franco & Ka`u Concert Society, with funding from the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

Kahumoku `Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle workshop overflows Ka'u with cultural artisans in its ninth year!

Held at the Pahala Plantation House
In Pahala, Hawai`i

Kahumoku Ohana
Hawaiian Music &
Lifestyle Worshop

Center for Hawaiian
Music Studies Inc.

Instructors 2014 - Stay tuned for 2015!

Help us remember and celebrate Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi, who was a huge influence and mentor for many of our instructors and students and a wonderful presence at the workshop every year since it started, supporting and believing in our goals and visions.

Martin Pahinui: One of Hawaiian music's most gifted vocalists, Martin Pahinui has performed with a host of top artists, including his father's legendary Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, The Peter Moon Band, The Pahinui Brothers and slack key super group Hui Aloha. On HO'OLOHE – (LISTEN), his long awaited first solo release for the Dancing Cat label, Martin shares his aloha for the traditional sound with thirteen classic tracks full of slack key, steel guitar and a passionate voice that expresses the essence of Hawaiian soul.

Diana Aki: Born in Hilo. Her parents had the love of Hawaiian music which allowed her to hear the music all the time as they would listen to it on LP. At the age of 8, she went to a concert with Lena Machado and Genoa Keawe and at that point she was hooked on Hawaiian falsetto music. A falsetto singer and accomplished ukulele player, Diana Aki is a Nā Hoku Hanohano award-winner.

George Kahumoku Jr.: There's a reason he 's been called Hawai`i'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 about him, please visit www.kahumoku.com

Moses Kahumoku: A powerful improviser, gifted composer and interpreter, Moses "Moke" Kahumoku was born in 1953 in Honolulu, and was raised in Keaukaha on the Big Island. Moses began playing music around the age of five, and like most ki ho 'alu(slack key) masters, he looked first to his family for his source. My first inspiration," he says, "was the most beautiful lady in the world, Aileen N. Waiolama Perez, my mom. Others include my dad, George Kahumoku, Sr., Sonny Chillingworth, Gabby Pahinui, Ledward Kaapana, Leonard Kwan, Ray Kane, Atta Isaacs, Cyril Pahinui and my stepdad, Roman P. Perez." For more information, please visit www.dancingcat.com/artists/Moses_Kahumoku

Ben Kaili: Born on the Island of Hawai`i, Kaili started playing Hawaiian music at the age of 8 with his ohana, including his uncle, George Naope. After listening to other local musicians, he was inspired at a young age to learn slack key. Young Ben played in the group Likelike with his good friend Ipo Kumukahi, and at the age of 17 he joined Da Blahlas of Keaukaha, together with Kuulei Ahuna and Richard “Piggy” Kaleohano.

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 on the mainland and beyond. For more information, please visit www.keokikahumoku.com.

David Kamakahi: `Ukulele recording artist, instructor, producer, songwriter, multiple Na Hoku Award winner David Kamakahi is the son of famous slack key guitar master and songwriter Dennis David Kamakahi. David secretly took up the `ukulele at age 15, studying the stylings of the great `ukulele master and mentor, Eddie Kamae, and studying myriad recordings of others such as Peter Moon, Troy Fernandez, and Ledward Kaapana. His self-discipline combined with an amazing ear for music and a clear natural talent enabled him to rapidly develop an exceptionally clean, polished, and proficient technique.

Sonny Lim: A member of Hawai`i's famous musical Lim family, Sonny was born and raised in the heart of paniolo (cowboy) country on the Big Island. Sonny's parents taught their children to play a variety of musical instruments. Sonny's father was a paniolo at Parker Ranch, where Sonny also worked for 23 years. His introduction to ki ho`alu (slack key guitar) came as a child, when he was inspired by Gabby Pahinui while watching him perform at a lu`au in Kohala. Sonny's professional career started as a teenager, when he commuted to O`ahu to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau. Over the past two decades Sonny has performed with virtually every "name" musician in Hawai`i. He is a multiple Hoku award winner, performs regularly with his family in Hawai`i and Japan, and performed on Hawai`i's first Grammy CD Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 (Palm Records). For more information, please visit www.palmrecords.com/artists/sonny_lim

John Keawe: A songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawai`i, 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: James 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

Rion Schmidt was born and raised Alaska, playing and singing bluegrass and folk music with his father and sister since he was a young boy. Rion's banjo style reflects the mountain music of Alaska and the Northwest. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Rion has been teaching music for 13 years, co-directing the Aloha Music Academy for two, and has instructed music camps for kids and adults in Alaska, Inuvik (Northern Territory Canada), and Hawai`i. He has collaborated with Hawaiian musicians on Maui for seven years, and shares the Hawaiian people's interest in preserving traditional music styles and values.

Katy Rexford grew up in eastern North Carolina and began playing the violin at age eight. She also played her first fiddle tune that year, beginning a lifelong journey of traditional music exploration, including old time, bluegrass, country blues, Hawaiian, Irish, Cajun, and more. Based in San Francisco from 2000-2012, Katy has performed and toured with myriad artists including Peter Rowan, Boz Scaggs, Michelle Shocked, Del Williams, Poor Man's Whiskey, and more. She now directs the Aloha Music Academy and teaches at a number of bluegrass and folk music camps in Alaska, Hawai`i, and the lower 48. Katy has been teaching music for ten years, and teaching music in Hawai`i for three.

Andy Andrews: co-founded of the `Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz California, and guided the club for over 10 years, during which time it grew to hundreds of members. He and his club were featured in two `ukulele documentary films - "The Mighty Uke" and "Under the Boardwalk." Andy also created the three `Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz Songbooks, which are used the world over by ukulele enthusiasts. He now resides in the Puna district of Hawai'i Island, and has taught 'ukulele at Kua O Ka La Charter school and currently at Kalani Honua Resort. He started the Puna 'Ukulele & Kanikapila Association (aka PUKA) and has taught 'ukulele and led kanikapila in Puna, Hawi, Kailua-Kona and Hilo.

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

The Abrigo 'Ohana is a Hawaiian music band of talented young siblings. At their live performances they showcase exceptional instrumentation of `ukulele, Hawaiian slack key guitar, and steel guitar. They are are known for their exciting music, which features powerful and beautiful vocal stylings and harmonies. They've shared their music at many concerts, festivals, and events in Hawai`i and the US mainland. They founded and hosted the Waimea Valley and Bishop Museum Kanikapila. These Hawaiian music jam sessions ran from 2009 through the summer of 2014. Currently their work in the community includes teaching `ukulele, Hawaiian slack key guitar, and steel guitar, along with vocal coaching. In 2012 they became the youngest Na Hoku Hanohano Awards finalists for their first recorded effort, an album entitled 'Ekahi.

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).

Garrett Probst: As a child, Garrett demonstrated a remarkable musical ability on the ukulele that quickly developed under teachers Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr. Garrett was given the opportunity to tour the west coast at a young age with Uncle George Kahumoku. Besides performing for the last 8 years as Da Ukulele Boyz for the Slack Key Show, he also now plays professionally, at Dukes-Kaanapali (Three Pounds of Poi), and with his cousin Peter’s band (TBA) at the Hula Grill. He also plays slack key guitar and sometimes can be found leading an open mic at one of the local Maui eateries.

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, the Kona Walkingbass, 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.

Also, Donna Masaniai (Hawaiian quilting) & Mona Chow (lei making)

Aunty Ka'iwi Perkins: A resident of Pahala, Hawai`i and an expert in the art of lauhala weaving.

Jesse Ke: A resident of Pahala and an active community member, with extensive knowledge about the area and history of Pahala.

Pua Medina: With a deep interest in the arts and crafts of Hawai`i, Pua has been a lifelong student! She recently studied under Kumu Kapa Dalani Tanahy in a year-long Real Time Kapa Making Class, where she learned the process of making kapa from planting to pounding, as well as making all the tools traditionally used. Her other creative interests include lauhala weaving, sewing, and jewelry making.

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 Hawai`i 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."

  1. Complete Scholarship Forms
  2. Send to 358 Ululani St., Hilo HI, 96720
  3. Scholarship Forms must be postmarked and are due no later than OCTOBER 31, 2014.

Saturday, Saturday November 8 - Sunday November 16, 2014

District of Ka'u, Island of Hawai'i, Pahala Plantation House

a week of hands-on instruction in slack key guitar, 'ukulele, Hawaiian steel guitar & slack key bass; music theory; songwriting; song sessions; private lessons; Hawaiian language & chanting; singing; hula; lei making; nightly Ka Ni Kapila (jam sessions); food demos and day trips. Free concert on Saturday November 10.

  • $1450.00 Regular Student Rate -- Fee includes: all classes and instruction, including group and one-on-one lessons; three meals, all Hawaiian cultural classes, including hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making and more; nightly choir; nightly kanikapila; a workshop t-shirt, workbook and songbook. (You may hold your space with a $725.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due on or before October 15, 2014.)
  • $650.00 Companion/Spouse Student Rate -- Fee includes: all Hawaiian cultural classes, three meals; nightly choir; nightly kanikapila; a workshop t-shirt, workbook and songbook. Does not include hands-on instructional classes, music theory, songwriting and song session classes. (You may hold your space with a $325.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due on or before October 15, 2014.)
  • $1200.00 Kama'aina Student Rate -- Fee includes: all classes and instruction, including group and one-on-one lessons; three meals, all Hawaiian cultural classes, including hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making and more; nightly choir; nightly kanikapila; a workshop t-shirt, workbook and songbook. (You may hold your space with a $600.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance is due on or before November 8, 2014.)
  • Family/Group/Daily Rate -- *Please email Tiffany at tiffanyfreedom@gmail.comor call 808-938-6582 for information regarding the family/group/daily rate.
  • `Ukulele Club Discount - Buy 4, get the 5th free -- When four club members register and pay the regular student rate in full before August 30, 2014, a fifth participant from your club attends for free. Please note the name of your club when you register.
*Please note--tuition does not include lodging. There are private rooms, cottages and condos available for rent in and near Pahala. You can call Pahala Plantation Cottages at 808-928-9811 or Ka'u Realty at 808-929-9999 for options, rates, and information regarding lodging during the workshop.
Limited scholarships available.
An integral part of the workshop, scholarships are given (on a first-come, first-serve basis and with preference to youth up to age 21), to students who show a specific interest in Hawaiian music, language, culture and lifestyle. Students are required to write an essay on a given topic and fill out a questionnaire in order to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarship forms, including the questionnaire and essay question topic, will be available here atwww.konaweb.com/keoki after September 1. For more information please contact Tiffany at tiffanyfreedom@gmail.com or call 808-938-6582.

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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 tiffanyfreedom@gmail.com or call 808-938-6582. Mahalo!