If you were lucky enough to be present at Carleton College on the evening of the 5th of October you would have been treated to a truly memorable experience since that was the night that the award winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. wowed audiences with his free show. The evening consists of music, singing and some storytelling of life in Hawaii. Kahumoku has been labeled by the Maui Time Weekly as a ‘Hawaiian Renaissance Man’ and he talks about his life as an artist, songwriter, travelling performer, sculptor, storyteller, farmer, entrepreneur and director of the Institute of Hawaiian Music.
Reaping the Rewards Of Hard Work
As an artist, Kahumoku has received several awards including Hoku awards and several Grammy awards. Most of these awards have been won in recognition of his constantly expanding music library with albums being released on a near yearly basis. Though much of the material includes other artists what is interesting is that all of the recordings come directly from Kahumoku’s weekly show, The Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. This weekly concert is held at the Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui Island. The show has been running for 9 years so far and looks to be consistently gaining in popularity as more and more guest stars make their appearance on the stage.
Life after the Stage
George does do more than simply play on stage once a week; he is most likely to be found teaching music and art at the Lahainaluna High School or spending time with his wife on their home island of Maui. He also spends a lot of his free time tending to his own three acre farm which he uses to grow fruit and vegetables for himself and his family. As well as the grown produce George tends to a selection of chickens, ducks, goats and miniature horses. One of the things that George is extremely proud of is his roots. His Hawaiian upbringing shows every time that he meets with friends or students as he arrives with arms laden with fresh produce to share amongst all those who are present.