Hawaiian slack key guitar festival

My Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Adventure

Remember that there is no perfect life, just perfect moments. And it’s these moments you must cherish; it’s these moments that make the whole journey worthwhile. — Ritu Ghatourey

In a few days, I’ll be performing at the 2015 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival — specifically at the New Jersey and Virginia shows — and it simply blows my mind. Seriously. I have been a fan of the festivals for at least 15 years having attended multiple shows on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. For over 30 years, the festivals have been THE place to spend a day watching all your idols play on a single stage.

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Hawaiian music New Jersey

Grammy Award-Winning Musicians From Hawaii to Perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, NJ October 14th, 2014

Chatham, NJ, (September 5, 2014) – The Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring multiple Grammy award-winning artists George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana and Richard Ho?opi?i comes to St. Paul‚Ä™s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Tickets for the 7:00 pm show are $25 advance purchase/$30 at the door and can be purchased at http://hawaiian.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Proceeds will benefit St. Paul’s programs and outreach.

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hula New Jersey

“Kani Ka Pila” Hawaiian Style in New Jersey

In Hawaiian, “kani ka pila” literally means “the instrument (makes a) sound” and has come to be used to describe a backyard jam session. Thanks to Mainstage Center for the Arts and the Township of Gloucester, “Kani Ka Pila” was a night of Hawaiian music and hula featured as part of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Veteran’s Park. It is a rare occasion to have two New Jersey residents headlining a Hawaiian music show in the Garden State. As it turns out, the evening ended up feeling like two separate shows. It was a 2 for 1, and the price was right – FREE!

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New York Hawaiian music

HAPA Brings Energetic Hawaiian Music Show to SubCulture (New York, NY)

“Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
we can be”

– John Lennon, Love

This was my first time at SubCulture, an intimate venue in the East Village of New York City. I remain humbled and grateful that HAPA is willing to share their stage with me. The opportunity to share Hawaiian slack key guitar and Hawaiian music in New York City is a tremendous gift, but to have the opportunity granted to me by musicians that I look up to carries even greater weight. I seized the chance to play a song that Uncle Raymond Kane taught me Pua Sadinia,¬†Wahine ‘Ilikea dedicated to the late Uncle Dennis Kamakahi, among others. My wife requested Honolulu City Lights which I forgot to play. Next time, I promise!

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Hula New York

Hawaiian Music and Hula at The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge Festival (New York)

Over four thousand people attended the first Liberty Festival in 2013. Following that success, New York Outrigger, along with title sponsor Hawaiian Airlines, featured an expanded festival village during the competition where onlookers could interact with the participating crews, watch them launch their racing canoes and get a clear view of the race start and finish. We are very proud to represent Polynesian culture through Hawaiian music and hula in New York City.

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A New York evening of Hawaiian slack key guitar with Stephen Inglis and friends

It is great and rare occasion to have multiple Hawaiian slack key guitar players perform in New York. It’s even better to be a part of it. I was honored to join NY slack key guitarist Claudia Goddard as the opening act for Stephen Inglis’ New York City debut. Patrick Landeza and Chris Lau were surprise add ons to the bill too. After this show, Stephen, Patrick and Chris headed to the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival in Virginia. It was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by all.

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