Hawaii Teen Musicians Win a 55th Annual Grammy Experience for Original Song

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and the Creative Industries Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) congratulate Hawaii teens, Colby Benson, a senior at Mililani High School, and Haley Michelle Kagimoto, a student at Punahou, who were selected as second place winners of the third annual GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Teens! Make Music Contest. The teens were selected for their original song that highlights how those who have struggled with addiction can find hope in recovery. The contest winners were honored during National Drug Facts Week, and are attending the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Backstage Experience, a special backstage tour that takes place while artists rehearse for the live GRAMMY Awards, as well as tours of Capitol Records and the Grammy Museum to acquaint teens interested in a career in the music industry.

Haley and Colby

The contest asked young musicians, ages 14 – 18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that explored, encouraged and celebrated a healthy lifestyle or accurately depicted a story about drug abuse. Benson and Kagimoto won for their song titled, “Change Who We’ll Become,” inspired by friends and family faced by substance abuse. Their powerful lyrics, “we can rise up once we’ve fallen, change who we’ll become,” highlight how those who have struggled with addiction can find hope in recovery.

First place winners were Vinny Cavalcanti, a senior at West High School, and Nick Miller, a junior at Rowland Hall Academy from Utah, and third place winner was Hannah Rand, a senior at Oak Park River Forest High School in Illinois. The winning entries can be heard at www.drugfree.org/teensmakemusiccontest. Benson and Kagimoto’s music video can be viewed here:

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The DOH recognizes that the more informed young people of Hawaii are regarding addiction and recovery the better able the community will be in reaching out to address substance abuse and its impact on people’s lives. Haley and Colby are a great example of informed teens with a powerful message to share through the language of music.

The DOH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division collaborates and partners with public and private agencies across the state to promote healthy lifestyles and provide prevention, intervention and treatment services for adolescents and adults. All substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services are contracted to non-profit, community-based agencies. For the 2,326 adolescent admissions (five-year average for fiscal years 2008 through 2012), the primary substances cited at admission are marijuana (58 percent) and alcohol (34 percent). For the 3,341 adult admissions (five-year average for fiscal years 2008 through 2012), the primary substances cited at admission are methamphetamine (42 percent), alcohol (33percent) and marijuana (14 percent).

The Creative Industries Division (CID) in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), provides professional development programs to accelerate the growth of Hawaii’s creative sectors through strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares, The Recording Academy and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) to advance opportunities for Hawaii’s emerging artists in the music sector.

About MusiCares.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy®, MusiCares® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “MusiCares” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicares and follow MusiCares on Twitter @MusiCares at www.twitter.com/musicares.

 

Brothers Cazimero Holiday Concert at the Volcano Art Center

The Fall Concert season at the Volcano Art Center continues on Saturday, November 26 at 7:00 pm at Kilauea Theater in H.V.N.P. when The Brothers Cazimero hosts a special night of “Holiday Magic in Volcano”. The night will feature Grammy Award winners Robert and Roland Cazimero and their beautiful dancers Jackie Kaniaulono Booth and Danielle M.K. De Fries. Tickets for the Brothers Cazimero concert are $30.00 and are available at www.volcanoartcenter.org or by calling 967-8222. “It is an honor to have these Hawaiian legends who for over 30 years have brought joy and happiness to the people of Hawaii and abroad. We are so happy they are part of our Volcano “Christmas in the Country” Celebration”. stated Concerts Coordinator David Wallerstein.

Robert and Roland Cazimero

Robert and Roland Cazimero

The Brothers Cazimero are consummate performers who have made their indelible imprint on the face of contemporary Hawaiian music. Their talent, longevity and sales success over the past 30 years have placed them in a league of their own, untouched by any other performer in the history of Hawaiian music. The early 1970s were a remarkable time as the Hawaiian culture and music began an amazing resurgence in Hawai‘i. Leading the way down this amazing new path were The Brothers Cazimero, carrying a torch that sparked a new interest in music performed in the Hawaiian language with a contemporary sound that even today has never been duplicated. Their presentation of the chants, dances and songs of their ancestors serve to honor those musicians, composers, teachers and elders who paved the way for what they are able to accomplish in Hawaiian music today.

Robert and Roland Cazimero

Robert and Roland Cazimero

Robert and Roland have released an unprecedented 36 musical recordings and 3 beautifully visual DVDs. Remarkable entertainers on stage, The Brothers Cazimero achieve a full-bodied sound that emanates from two traditional instruments, the acoustic bass and a twelve-string guitar. The Brothers Cazimero have taken the beauty of Hawaiian music and dance for encore performances in Carnegie Hall in New York City, Wolftrap and Hollywood Bowl, as well the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia, Hong Kong, Tokyo; and annual performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle to sell out crowds. They have been guest stars each Christmas in always sold out holiday shows with the Honolulu Symphony.

For tickets to the The Brothers Cazimero call 808-967-8222 or visit Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, VAC Art Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Books, Nooks & Crannies in Hilo or www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Honoka’a High School Selected by the Grammy Foundation as a Signature School

Honoka’a High School Band Director Gary Washburn will accept a special Grammy Award for the school, in Honoka’a Thursday

Honoka'a Band

Honoka'a Band at the State Capital

Media Release:

The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.com) today announced that 36 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools (www.grammyintheschools.com) for 2011. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell’s Labels For Education program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, Gibson Foundation, and the Hot Topic Foundation.

“The GRAMMY Signature Schools program exemplifies the GRAMMY Foundation’s commitment to fostering excellence in music education in public high schools,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “With the generous support of our partners, we’ve been able to grant the largest number of GRAMMY Signature Schools awards in recent history, with 36 public high schools in communities across the United States receiving this recognition. I am especially proud that this year in the Enterprise Award category for economically underserved schools, we have announced the largest number of recipients in the GRAMMY Foundation’s history.”
Each of the 36 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top seven schools are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $15,000, and the six remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,500. Two remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients will receive a grant award of $2,500 to benefit their music programs. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, 27 schools will receive a grant of $5,500 each.
The Complete List of 2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools:
2011 National GRAMMY Signature School ($15,000)
Pioneer High School — Ann Arbor, Mich.
 
2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,500 each)
Allen High School — Allen, Texas
David Douglas High School — Portland, Ore.
Flower Mound High School — Flower Mound, Texas
Neuqua Valley High School — Naperville, Ill.
Plano West Senior High School — Plano, Texas
Waubonsie Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.
2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,500 each)
Davis Senior High School — Davis, Calif.
Marin School of the Arts at Novato High — Novato, Calif.
 
2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500 each)
Allendale High School — Allendale, Mich.
Arizona School for the Arts — Phoenix
Bessemer City High School — Bessemer City, N.C.
Bladensburg High School — Bladensburg, Md.
Boston Arts Academy — Boston
Canyon Crest Academy — San Diego
City Neighbors High School — Baltimore
Claude High School — Claude, Texas
Eminence R-1 High School — Eminence, Mo.
Emmirich Manual High School — Indianapolis
Glencliff High School — Nashville, Tenn.
Hamilton High School Academy of Music — Los Angeles
Honoka’a High School — Honoka’a, Hawaii
Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy  — Louisville, Ky.
J. Graham Brown School — Louisville, Ky.
James Madison High School — Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mariposa County High School — Mariposa, Calif.
Middletown High School — Middletown, Md.
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts — New Orleans
Perry-Lecompton High School — Perry, Kan.
Rocky Mountain High School — Fort Collins, Colo.
Santee Education Complex — Los Angeles
Scotts Valley High School — Scotts Valley, Calif.
South Albany High School — Albany, Ore.
Springville High School — Springville, Iowa
Stewartville High School — Stewartville, Minn.
Unity High School — Mendon, Ill.
HHS student Gabriel Ramirez, Miles Okumura, band director Gary Washburn (Photo Catherine Tarleton)

HHS student Gabriel Ramirez, Miles Okumura, and band director Gary Washburn (Photo Catherine Tarleton)

About Gary Washburn

  • Gary has been teaching at Honoka’a High and Elementary School for 34 years
  • Recently awarded  a “Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award” by the National Society of High School Scholars.
  • He has also released a CD of original compositions, “A Life In A Day” by the group Justin Thyme, a jazz-fusion album produced by Milan Entertainment and ex-Motown producer Kent Washburn.  The album is a project to fulfill a National Endowment for the Arts Grant awarded to Gary.

About the HHS Band:

  • Last year the band recieved a NAMM Award (National Association of Music Merchandisers) as one of the best communities in the US for music education.
  • Recognized on NPR “From the Top”
  • Just completed their annual tour of Oahu to celebrate “National Jazz Appreciation Month”. They performed 7 concerts during the 4-day tour, including the Shriners Hospital and “Dots” dining club, Windward Mall, Ala Moana Center Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center and finally the Honolulu Academy of Arts in celebration of the Academy’s 84th birthday.
  • Opened for the Royal Hawaiian Band at Iolani Palace where they were presented Certificates recognizing their accomplishments by the House and Senate.
  • Recorded their 10th CD which will be available the end of July or early August.

Nominees Announced for the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

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Afatia

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) has announced the Final Ballot Nominees for the 34th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, as follows:

Most Promising Artist
1. GREEN, THE ­– The Green
2. HEART & SOUL – Take it Easy
3. CJ HELEKAHI – Ka Mahina
4. MICHAEL KEALE – Remember
5. MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Female Vocalist of the Year
1. ‘ANELAIKALANI – E Mau Nō
2. KAINANI KAHAUNAELE – Oha Ula
3. KIANI – Kiani
4. NAPUA MAKUA – Mōhalu
5. SISTAH ROBI – An Island Christmas

Male Vocalist of the Year
1. WILLIE K – Willie Wonderland
2. LEDWARD KAAPANA – The Legend
3. JOHN KEAWE – Play with Me Papa
4. KENNETH MAKUAKĀNE – Kawaipono
5. MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Group of the Year
1. KEOLA BEAMER & RAIATEA HELM – Keola Beamer & Raiatea
2. AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND SLACK KEY MASTERS – Amy Hānaiali‘i
and the Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i
3. KUMZ – On the Summit
4. KŪPAOA – English Rose
5. MANOA DNA – Evolution

Album of the Year (tie)
1. AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I –
Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i
2. BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai
3. ENGLISH ROSE – Kūpaoa
4. KEOLA BEAMER & RAIATEA – Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm
5. LEI PUA KENIKENI – Mark Yamanaka
6. OHAI ULA – Kainani Kahaunaele

Song of the Year
1. EIA KE ALOHA by Kainani Kahaunaele from OHAI ULA
2. ENGLISH ROSE by Kellen Paik from ENGLISH ROSE
3. KĀHEALANI by Jeff Peterson from Amy HĀnaiali‘i and the Slack Key
Masters OF HAWAI‘I
4. KALEOONĀLANI by Mark Yamanaka from LEI PUA KENIKENI
5. YOU SOMEBODY by Keola Beamer from KEOLA BEAMER AND RAIATEA

Single of the Year
1. HAWAIIAN COWBOY: HAILAMA FARDEN’S TRIBUTE TO UNCLE SOL K. BRIGHT
– Hailama Farden
2. HE LEI KAULANA – Nā Palapalai
3. KA LEI MOMI – Kenneth Makuakāne and Joseph Keola Donaghy
4. MOON OVER DIAMOND HEAD – Bryan Kessler featuring Robi Kahakalau
5. THIS CHILD – Kanohowailuku Helm

Extended Play Release of the Year
1. ANALOGIC – Analogic
2. BAND CHAMP – JP Band
3. HAWAIIAN GIRLS – Talk to You Music (TTYM)
4. SOLO UKULELE – The King of Pop – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends
5. UKULELE SERENADE – Tyler Gilman

Anthology of the Year – Producer’s Award
1. BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai; Shawn Pimental, producer
2. ISLAND LOVE – Various Artists – Jon de Mello; producer
3. MARLENE SAI LEGACY – Marlene Sai; Mikihala LLC, producer
4. MUSIC OF CHUCKY BOY CHOCK VOL. I – Chucky Boy Chock; Chucky Boy
Chock and Krash Kealoha, producers
5. PEKELO CLASSICS – Pekelo; Lui Burgess and Tim Mathre, producers

Christmas Album of the Year
1. ISLAND CHRISTMAS WIWTH SISTAH ROBI, AN – Sistah Robi
2. SEASONS’S GREETING FROM SOUL SOUND – Various Artists
3. UKULELE CHRISTMAS, AN – Various Artists
4. WILLIE WONDERLAND ­– Willie K

Compilation of the Year (Various artists) – Producer’s Award
1. KONA – Dave Tucciarone, producer
2. NĀ HAKU MELE – THE HAWAIIAN SONGWRITERS –  Koji Hirai, Kenneth
Makuakāne, Aaisuke Yoshime Keli‘i Tau‘ā, Kainani Kahaunaele, Cody Pueo Pata,
Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Puakea Nogelmeier, Julia Ako, Carlos Andrade, Keawe
Lopes, Hailama Farden, Nathan Aweau, Nathan Kalama, David Kauahikaua, Keola
Donaghy, and O‘Brian Eselu, producers
3. PRACTICING ALOHA – SONGS OF CINDY PAULOS – Cindy Paulos, Fulton
Tashombe, Carl Lange, producers
4. TRIBUTE TO NĀ LANI ‘EHĀ – MUSIC OF THE HAWAIIAN MONARCHY –
C.T. Kata Maduli, producer
5. WAHINE – Ululoa Productions, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year
1. EVOLUTION – Manoa DNA
2. FOREVERMORE – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson
3. SLACKIN’ ON DYLAN – Stephen Inglis
4. TAKE IT EASY – Heart & Soul
5. VAMONOS DE FIESTA – LET’S GO PARTY – Rolando Sanchez

Hawaiian Album of the Year
1. KAWAIPONO – Kenneth Makuakāne
2. LEI PUA KENIKENI – Mark Yamanaka
3. MŌHALU – Nāpua Makua
4. OHAI ULA – Kainani Kahaunaele
5. ON THE SUMMIT – Kumz

Instrumental Album of the Year
1. HAWAIIAN STEEL VOL. 6 – STEEL GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS OF CLASSIC
HAPA HAOLE SONGS – Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen and Greg Sardinha
2. HAWAIIAN STYLE UKULELE 2 – Troy Fernandez
3. SIMPLY STEEL – SONGS OF OLD HAWAI‘I – Alan Akaka
4. ‘UKULELE NAHENAHE – Herb Ohta, Jr.
5. UKULELE SUMMIT – Kenneth Makuakāne

Amy Hanaiali

Amy Hanaiali'i

Island Music Album of the Year
1. AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I
– Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters
2. ENGLISH ROSE – Kūpaoa
3. KA MAHINA – CJ Helekahi
4. KEOLA BEAMER & RAIATEA – Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm
5. REMEMBER – Michael Keale

Jazz Album of the Year
1. ALL THAT HAWAIIAN JAZZ – Paul Shimomoto
2. DJANGO WOULD GO – Hot Club of Hulaville
3. GOLDEN SUN – Phil & Angela Benoit
4. LIVE VOLUME FIVE – The Olliephonic Horns
5. PACIFIC TINGE – Crosscurrent

R&B / Hip Hop
1. ALOHA FROM HAWAII – Angry Locals
2. BEYOND PARADISe –  I.A.
3. BLUE ROOM – Siaosi
4. COCONUT WIRELESS – Kepa Cruse
5. GROWN –Grysen G.

Reggae Album of the Year (tie)
1. CONSCIOUS ROOTS – Conscious Roots
2. BEST OF THE TYPICAL HAWAIIANS – GOOD TIMES GALORE
– Typical Hawaiians
3. DETERMINED – Kawao
4. GREEN, THe – The Green
5. KIANI – Kiani
6. ROCK EASY – Maoli

Religious Album of the Year
1. EYES OF A STRANGER – Malia Lee
2. FIXATED – Daniel Lehman
3. GOLDEN STREET – Barrett and Tara Awai
4. PRODIGAL SUN – Kenneth Makuakāne
5. SOMEWHWERE UP AHEAD – GOSPEL HYMNS OF HAWAII, VOL. II
– Ata Damasco
6. STILL STANDING – HHB

Rock Album of the Year
1. DUST FOR ANGELS – Friends of Adam
2. HAWK AND THE HUNTER – Sabrina
3. RESPECT – 86 List
4. REVISITED – Donovan Frankenreiter
5. RUMBLETONE – Rumbletone
6. STREAM DREAMS – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year
1. HANALEI TRADITION II – LIVE AT HALE HALAWAI ‘OHANA ‘O HANALEI –
Doug and Sandy McMaster
2. KU‘U HONUA MELE – Patrick Landeza
3. LEGEND, THE – Ledward Kaapana
4. PINE TREE SLACK KEY – Pancho Graham
5. PLAY WITH ME PAPA – John Keawe

Favorite Entertainer
1. AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS
2. TROY FERNANDEZ
3. WILLIE K
4. LEDWARD KAAPANA
5. KAINANI KAHAUNAELE
6. KEOLA BEAMER & RAIATEA HELM
7. KŪPAOA
8. NAPUA MAKUA
9. HERB OHTA, JR.
10. MARK YAMANAKA

The 34th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2011, in the Kalākaua Ballroom at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  It is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines (www.hawaiianairlines.com), and will be telecast live on KFVE.  Tickets are $150 General Admission, $135 Kama‘āina, and $125 H.A.R.A. members.  For tickets, please contact (808) 593-9424.  For more information, please visit www.nahokumusicfestival.com.

ABOUT THE NĀ HŌKŪ HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Hawaiian Airlines, and Kintetsu International, this 4-day music festival, May 26-29, offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

Thursday, May 26            Opening Event                               Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Friday, May 27                 Workshops, Day 1                         Hawai‘i Convention Center
Saturday, May 28             Workshops, Day 2                          Hawai‘i Convention Center
Saturday, May 28              Lifetime Achievement Awards      Hawai‘i Convention Center
Sunday, May 29                Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards          Hawai‘i Convention Center

Ukulele Jams – A Benefit for the Victims of the Tsunami in Japan

Media Release:

The Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Incorporated presents ‘Ukulele Jams on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10am-sundown at the Lihikai Hawaiian Cultural Learning Center in Keaukaha. A benefit for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, this free concert features some of the island’s finest musicians including Grammy award-winning artist Keoki Kahumoku, Brittni Paiva, Buddy and Sammi Fo, Konabob Stoffer… and you!

Keoki Kahumoku

‘Ukulele players from beginner to advanced are invited to bring their instrument and participate in a kanikapila like no other. Start with lessons in proper jam etiquette and tuning techniques, then follow along with the aid of visuals and wandering instructors. As performers take the stage, they’ll teach attendees some of their favorite songs, from Hawaiian mele to jazz and everything in between. The list of entertainers grows daily and also includes Andy Andrews of the ‘Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, Keone Turalde, Grammy award-winner Sonny Lim, and Colin John. This unique opportunity to learn from some of the best and make beautiful music is free and open to the public.

Participants can take advantage of free string changing for all 4-string ‘ukulele. In the market for a new ‘ukulele? Custom instruments made and donated by various ‘ukulele builders from Hawai‘i will be available for sale.

Calabash donations to aid relief efforts in Japan will be accepted throughout the day. Participants should bring their own lunch and water, along with a beach chair and of course, their ‘ukulele. If you have a favorite song, bring it along to share, too. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For more information visit KeokiKahumoku.com.

Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Jeff Peterson to Perform on the Big Island Saturday February 5th

Media Release:

Born on the Island of Maui, multiple Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy, at the Haleakala Ranch. As a performer, Jeff has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists and groups including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, jazz bassist Rufus Reid, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, the acclaimed string quartet Ethel, and with many other artists in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. He has four recordings with Riley Lee: “Maui Morning”, “Bamboo Slack Key”, “Haiku”, and “Haleakala”. Volcano Art Center will be presenting Jeff Peterson on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Kilauea Military Camp Theater in Volcanoes National Park.

Jeff Peterson at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He also released five solo guitar recording featuring his slack key artistry, “Maui On My Mind”, “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “The Artistry of Jeff Peterson”, and “Pure Slack Key”. Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reacted to hearing the CDs by writing: “Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection”, “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release”. He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.

Jeff Peterson and Kuhao Zane after winning their 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He recently had the honor of performing for former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton on the island of Kauai on two separate occasions. He achieved a milestone in Hawaiian music at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13th, 2005, when a recording featuring Jeff and other island artists, “Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2”, won the first ever Grammy Award for best Hawaiian recording. He is also featured on the recording that won the 2010 Grammy Award in the Hawaiian music category. His latest solo CD, “Maui On My Mind” won the 2010 Hoku Award for Best Slack Key Album and was just nominated for a Grammy Award.

Tickets are $40.00 for the first 7 rows and $25.00 for the remainder of the Theater but all seats in the house are reserved. $10.00 for students with student ID. 10% off for Members of Volcano Art Center and Seniors. 50% off for all members of the United States Military. Please call David Wallerstein at 808-967-8222 for tickets or visit the Volcano Art Center Niulani Campus or the VAC Art Gallery. Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for information and to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance 1 hour before scheduled concert time at theater Box Office. The Volcano Art Center is thankful to all the Members of the VAC for making this concert possible.