Masters of Hawaiian Music

Hawaiian slack key guitar, kī hō‘alu, is one of the world's great acoustic guitar
traditions. Relatively unknown outside of Hawai‘i, 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 fingerpicked
style, and the tradition continues to evolve from techniques and tunings
handed down through the generations.

Long-time Chatham resident Andy Wang is
producing a fundraiser that will present The Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour
featuring Grammy award-winning artists George Kahumoku, Jr., Nathan Aweau
and David “Kawika” Kahiapo at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street,
Chatham on Monday, February 27, 2017. Tickets for the 7:00 pm show are $25
advance purchase/$30 at the door and can be purchased at or by calling 800-838-3006. Proceeds
benefit St. Paul’s programs and
“This is one of my favorite lineups. I
think people will be blown away by the
musicianship and storytelling,” said
Andy Wang, organizer of the show.
These three masters, who perform
regularly at the renowned “Slack Key
Show®” on Maui, feature Hawai‘i’s
unique folk styles with origins in the
early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo
(cowboy) culture.
This show marks George Kahumoku, Jr’s fourth time performing in Chatham, now
one of his favorite stops during national tours. The four-time Grammy winning
slack key guitarist is known as “Hawai‘i’s Renaissance Man”, is a multiple Nā Hōkū
Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter &
author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.
Nathan Aweau is a musical force who served as Don Ho’s bassist and musical
director for 15 years. The New York Times wrote, “Nathan… on electric bass and
acoustic guitar, shows an... advanced understanding of harmony and
orchestration… his singing style is effortless.” His seven solo CDs have won him
multiple Nā Hōkū Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year (the only person to
have won 3 times), Song of the Year (twice), and Island Album of the Year, among
Slack Key guitarist David “Kawika” Kahiapo recently won two 2015 Nā Hōkū
Awards for Slack Key Guitar Album of the Year and Island Album. He has
contributed his musical talents to over 84 recording projects with a who’s who
roster of island artists including Jack Johnson, Kaukahi, Palani Vaughan, Melveen
Leed, and others. His slack key roots and commitment to Hawaiian culture run deep.

For additional information, contact Andy Wang at (973) 400-9264 or visit