The Makaha Sons – Louis “Moon” Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, Jerome “Boogie” Koko on 12-string guitar and the late John Koko on upright bass – blend their magical harmonies into unique performances of traditional Hawaiian music. In this encore of a vintage performance taped at the PBS Hawaii studios, they play some of their most beloved songs.
Surveying 40 years of Hawai‘i’s rich musical traditions, this film tells the story of the Sons of Hawaii, the music group led by Eddie Kamae that helped launch the Hawaiian cultural renaissance.
In this vintage performance, one of Hawai‘i’s most celebrated slack key guitar players, George Kahumoku, plays a selection of songs including: “36 Mile Marker,” “Ho‘okupa” and “Hi‘ilawe.”
Jessie Kalima. Lyle Ritz. Eddie Kamae. Herb Ohta. In the 50s, 60s and 70s, these giants of the ukulele snatched the simple four-stringed instrument away from the background and planted it firmly at the front of the stage. In this special, Herb Ohta, known as Ohta-San, brings his solo ukulele riffs to the PBS Hawaii studios, playing numbers such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and his chart-topping ballad, “Song for Anna.” He also teams up with his son, Herb Ohta Jr., for their take on the Hawaiian classics “Hi’ilawe” and “Sanoe.”
An encore presentation of a vintage performance in the PBS Hawaii studio by Ho’okena: Manu Boyd, Ama Aarona, Glen H.K. Smith and Horace K. Dudoit III. Nani Dudoit provides hula.
The late steel guitar master Bob Brozman is featured in a glorious gathering of guitar greats along with slack key masters Led Kaapana and Cyril Pahinui in this vintage episode on NA MELE. The three players perform in various combinations in jam session style. Bob Brozman also performs three solos, including a tribute to steel guitar pioneer Tau Moe.
Learn the life story of George Kahumoku Jr., award-winning slack key guitarist, songwriter, performer, teacher, artist, sculptor, author, farmer and entrepreneur. Through his everyday activities, we discover the roots of his extraordinary life, the meanings of aloha and ohana, and how these values have made him the man he is today.
This vintage episode presents a rare solo slack key concert with George Winston, best known the world over for his evocative piano music, musical interpretations of the ever-changing seasons of his childhood Montana home. But ki ho’alu, slack key guitar music, has been his passion for many years. In this NA MELE classic, Winston performs his “Montana-ized” versions of such slack key classics as: “Sweet Lei Mamo,” by Charles Hopkins, “None Hula,” by Lena Machado and Leonard Kwan’s “Nahe Nahe.”