Coming Up – Kahumoku ‘Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop

Amateur musicians can indulge their love of Hawaiian music at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop to be held on the Big Island of Hawai‘i in early November. Featuring award-winning musicians like Herb Ohta, Jr, Sonny Lim, Reverend Dennis Kamakahi, and James Hill, the weeklong event is an opportunity for attendees to learn from the masters. Daily ‘ukulele and slack key guitar classes cover beginning and advanced music theory, strumming, and picking skills. Other classes feature lessons in song writing, steel guitar, and stick bass.

Kahumoku Ohana

The event’s organizer, five-time Grammy award winner, Keoki Kahumoku, shares his music and knowledge of the Hawaiian culture from the heart. His wish is to ho‘omau – or share the tradition – of Hawaiian slack-key guitar and ‘ukulele.

“If each student takes what he learns and shares it with one other person, the music is perpetuated,” he says earnestly.

While music is the focus of the workshop, the Kahumoku family works to perpetuate other Hawaiian traditions as well. Each morning, students gather to practice a traditional chant, or oli, written specifically to honor this event. Meals introduce visitors to island fare with dishes like kalua pork, sashimi, poi, and laulau. Other cultural opportunities include Hawaiian language, hula, lei making, lauhala weaving, and traditional food preparation. The event closes with a community concert and makahiki events.

The Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyles Workshop will be held November 5-12, 2011 at the Pahala Plantation. For more information or to register, please visit To schedule an interview with Keoki Kahumoku, contact Tiffany Crosson at (808) 938-6582.

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