Cyril Pahinui (PHOTO COURTESY OF KAHILU THEATRE)
The 11th Annual Waimea Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute at Kahilu Theatre is Nov. 14-16, with a final performance on Nov. 17. The event is a three-day “immersion” in the best of Hawaiian music, with something for all ages and levels of musicians, as well as for those who just want to listen. For information and tickets, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call 885-6868.
· 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14: A free Kanikapila night for community players to come up on stage and jam with the artists – includes Nathan Aweau, Benny Chong, Jay Junker, Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, Mike and Melissa Kaawa, and Sonny Lim and family. Open to all ages and levels of musicians, for all instruments and for those who just want to listen. KAPA Radio will broadcast live from the lobby, and there will be a free drawing to win a Kala ukulele.
· 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15: Slack key master Ledward Ka’apana – recent recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award, America’s highest honor for a traditional artist – will headline a night with 12-string guitarist and singer Mike Ka’awa joining for stunning duets. The legendary Rev. Dennis Kamakahi will also perform a rare solo set highlighting many of the songs he has composed over the past four decades. Also, slack key master Sonny Lim, one of Waimea’s own, will open with a multi-generational group of talented family and friends. Tickets $20-$64.
· 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16: Workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced ‘ukulele and slack key guitar musicians with Benny Chong, Cyril Pahinui and Jeff Peterson. Each two-hour workshop costs $30, which includes a T-shirt. Full time students asked just to pay $5. Call Alva Kamalani at 885-6868 or email email@example.com to sign up.
· 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16: Free screening of the movie, “Let’s Play Music!” – a celebration of Gabby “Pops” Pahinui produced by ‘Oiwi Television Network. The movie follows Cyril Pahinui and many friends as they recreate backyard sessions and reminisce about the music at the Pahinui home in Waimanalo.
· 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. A night of great traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music with legendary Cyril Pahinui and his trio plus multiple Hoku winners Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson. Also joining them will be ‘ukulele virtuoso Benny Chong. The artists are given maximum freedom to play what they want with whomever they want so expect exciting and unique combinations as they honor a musical tradition that has its roots right in Waimea. Tickets $64-$20.
On Sunday Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. there will be a final jam on stage – Na Mele o Hawaii. A rare chance to see all the artists of the weekend playing together, this concert is intimate and the music is played from the heart. This final concert is also free.
For both Friday and Saturday night concerts tickets are $20 to $64, available in advance from the theater’s new website www.kahilutheatre.org. The public can also drop in at the theater or call the box office from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 885-6868.
In addition to the public shows, Kahilu Theatre has set up many school visits with the renowned artists, including trips to Waimea Elementary, Waikoloa School, Kanu Middle and High, Lapahoehoe High and Elementary, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Honoka`a High School, Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate, Parker School, and both Kohala Elementary and Kohala High. On Friday morning, the theater also hosts a full schools concert, which is almost sold out, with more than 450 school children and teachers confirmed.