Renowned master slack key guitarist Mike Kaawa will perform at our free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, October 26 from 6 to 7:30 pm outdoors at the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina.
A Hawaiian master 12-string guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Mike Kaawa is one of Hawai‘i’s most highly regarded musicians. He started performing at a young age and briefly flirted with rock-and-roll before committing himself to Hawaiian music and becoming known as “The Hawaiian Boy” in the 1970s. Describing his musical style as “Hawaiian with attitude,” Mike has created a distinctive, robust sound and vocal expression that comes straight from the heart.
He’s a regular performer at Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festivals and popular venues around Hawai‘i. Mike often teams up with master slack key guitarist, Led Kaapana. The duo released Force of Nature in 2008, which garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hawaiian Music Album. He has also performed with Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi and Nathan Aweau as The Hawaiian Legends. Mike released four solo albums in his career, including Kuapaka‘a (2012), two albums with the band, Nā ‘Oiwi (featuring Dennis Kamakahi) as well as his record with Led Kaapana. He has been featured on three Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar compilation albums.
Watch Mike performing ‘Opelu with The Hawaiian Legends Live:
Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA 93.5FM. For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 808-661-3262 or email us.