Grammy Award-Winning HAWAIIAN MUSICIANS to perform fundraiser in CHATHAM

Direct from the Pacific, Masters of Hawaiian Music brings “folklore and cultural memory into a performance that…[unfolds] as breezy entertainment” (The New York Times)

Long-time Chatham resident Andy Wang is bringing The Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring Grammy award-winning musicians to town. The one-night only performance showcases Hawaii’s unique acoustic guitar style, ʻukulele stylings, and rich storytelling that transport audiences to Hawaii’s tranquil waters and mountain views. Tickets for the Friday, January 21, 2022, 7:00 pm show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, are $25 advance/$30 at the door and can be purchased at http://hawaii.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 800-838-3006. Proceeds benefit St. Paul’s programs and outreach.

“An evening of authentic Hawaiian music and culture will warm your heart and soul,” said Andy Wang, organizer of the show. “This relaxing evening of acoustic music also serves as a fundraiser for St. Paul’s outreach programs that help food insecure families, women, and children in our community.” These programs include Family Promise, the Interfaith Food Pantry, North Porch, Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center.     

This show marks George Kahumoku, Jr’s seventh time performing in Chatham, now a favorite stop during his national tours. The four-time Grammy-winning slack key guitarist, known as “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man,” is a multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter, author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.

National Heritage Fellow, Led Kaapana has been one of Hawaii’s most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ukulele, and his extraordinary baritone to leo kiʻekiʻe (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend and earned him multiple Na Hoku Awards. 

ʻUkulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr’s talent, technique, and speed are unsurpassed. Son of the legendary ʻukulele artist Ohta-san, Herb learned his first ʻukulele song at age three and has won 7 Nā Hōku Awards (including Best ʻUkulele in 2021) and 4 Hawaiʻi Music Awards.

Hawaiian slack key guitar, kī hōʻalu, is one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions. Relatively unknown outside of Hawaii, slack key guitar is often confused with and actually pre-dates the more well known Hawaiian lap steel that developed in the late 1880s. Slack key was developed by Hawaiian cowboys who “slacked” the strings of guitars brought by Mexican cowboys hired by King Kamehameha III to teach Hawaiians better ranching methods. Slack key is a finger-picked style, and the tradition continues to evolve from techniques and tunings handed down through the generations.