The New York Times dubs Masters of Hawaiian Music “Virtuosic keepers of a cultural flame.” Three master slack key artists share Hawaii’s unique folk styles with origins in early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. This time, Grammy-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. returns with multiple Song of the Year and Male Vocalist Hoku winner Nathan Aweau and six-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner David “Kawika” Kahiapo.
Four-time Grammy-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. is known as “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man.” Since 2003 Kahumoku has been the host of the live Slack Key Show: Masters of Hawaiian Music, guests of which have been featured on his compilation recordings. A four-time Hoku Award winner, Nathan Aweau has accompanied performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner and Nohelani Cypriano, along with a 16 year stint with the legendary Don Ho. Winner of the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Slack Key Artist of the year Kawika Kahiapo has contributed to some 108+ recording projects and has collaborated or performed with artists such as Jack Johnson, Kaukahi, Palani Vaughan, Melveen Leed, Brother Noland and many more.