Nathan Aweau & The Slack Key Show Ohana

Wed. Jul 7, 2021 at 6:30pm HST
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Nathan Aweau & The Slack Key Show Ohana

The Slack Key Show - Masters of Hawaiian Music is every Wednesday evening at The Napili Kai Beach Resort's Aloha Pavilion on Maui. Tickets are available in advance online at or by phone at 808-669-3858. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show begins at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited, social distancing is being observed, and face masks are required.

All sales are final, no refunds available after purchase.


George Kahumoku Jr

George Kahumoku Jr. is a master Hawaiian slack-key guitarist. Born in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, he was labeled Hawaii's Renaissance Man by Nona Beamer. He received the 4 Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music Album for compilation CD produced at his Slack Key Show on Maui.

Nathan Aweau

Known for his hauntingly beautiful vocals (he’s won Male Vocalist of the Year honors three times - more than any other artist), it isn’t surprising to learn that Hawaiian singer/songwriter/composer/producer Nathan Aweau was born into a musical family. His grandparents played a variety of instruments; his mother played piano; and his father taught music and was a choir director. In addition to possessing a natural ability to sing, Aweau’s early years consisted of piano, guitar, and ‘ukulele lessons, followed by saxophone, percussion, and bass.

Aweau began his professional career in college, accompanying such well-known performers as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner, and Nohelani Cypriano, followed by stints as a member of the award-winning groups Ka`eo (1984-1988), The Ali’i’s (1989-1994), and Hapa (2003-2010). He was also the bassist for the legendary Don Ho for 16 years (and his musical director for several years), and has worked with national artists such as Jerry Brown (drummer for Lionel Richie and Stanley Clarke), and Ron Lee (drummer for Barry Manilow).

Aweau also taught music at high school and college seminars, covering subjects ranging from writing, arranging, and sequencing to computer music. In one project he gave Hawai’i high school students the chance to experience the process of producing and recording a song.

In addition to being a stage musician, Aweau has played for a variety of commercials and provided background music for a number of shows on the Travel Channel. A seasoned music producer, he has worked extensively in the studio producing, arranging, and performing for various large projects, commercials, radio stations, and other artists.

Beloved by fans, Aweau is a natural storyteller with a somewhat self-deprecating sense of humor. His audiences love his explanations of the inspiration behind his songs. He is also highly respected by fellow musicians. The late John Koko, long-time member of the highly popular, multiple-award winning Hawaiian music group The Makaha Sons, once said, “Nathan Aweau ... Incredible Bass Player … Irresistible Voice... Incomparable Entertainer! The CD ‘Kane`ohe’ will take you on a musical journey that is Haunting...Refreshing... Powerful and Exciting.”

The respect of other professionals in the music industry is also evidenced by the fact that Aweau has received numerous nominations and awards for his work, both as a solo artist and as part of a group. His 2001 release E Apo Mai received multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s GRAMMY®), including Male Vocalist of the Year and Hawaiian Album of the Year. He also received Song of the Year honors at the Hawai’i Music Awards for the album’s title track.

2005 saw Aweau again honored with multiple awards, as both a solo artist and as part of the group Hapa. His passion for the electric bass was expressed in his Bass Etude CD, which was voted Jazz Album of the Year. And Hapa’s Maui CD, which shot up Billboard’s World Music chart (peaking at number 7), received awards for Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, Graphics, and Engineering. Aweau was also honored with his second award for Male Vocalist of the Year for his album The Hawai’i Classic Series - Vintage.

In 2006 Aweau received his third Male Vocalist of the Year award, for his The Hawai’i Classic Series – Hula CD. In the 39 year history of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, he remains the only artist to receive the honor three times.

In 2008 Aweau released “Kane’ohe” - the long-awaited follow up to “E Apo Mai” – which was comprised of songs that celebrate the place that he calls home. He wrote all twelve songs, played every instrument, sang all the background parts, and engineered, mixed, and mastered the entire CD.

His December 2015 release ‘Āina Hānau is yet another all-original album, filled with songs inspired by his beloved Hawai’i, his first grandchild, Queen Lili’uokalani, and more. As was the case for his other solo releases, ‘Āina Hānau is 100% Aweau. He sang all the vocals (including background); played all the instruments; wrote and arranged all the songs; and recorded, mixed, and mastered the album, all at his In My Bathroom Studios. A review of the album by the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s John Berger said, in part: “Nathan Aweau made history in 2006 when he won Na Hoku Hanohano awards for three different projects... Nine years later Aweau continues to be an artist of broad diversity... The title song displays his strength as a soulful vocalist. “Lilia” utilizes his falsetto range. Two other songs set Hawaiian lyrics to acoustic pop-style arrangements and create an unconventional type of hapa haole music. Aweau’s trademark seven-string electric bass guitar is spotlighted in an instrumental titled “Healing Waters...”

Music critic Wayne Harada has said of Aweau, “Nathan is that distinguished rarity…a jack of all trades, master of a wide domain”.

The New York Times opined, “Nathan has an in-depth understanding of orchestration, and his singing style is effortless.... He has prodigious skill as an electric bassist — during an unaccompanied tear through “Greensleeves” he strongly evoked Stanley Clarke — and his 12-string rhythm-guitar playing showed an advanced understanding of harmony.”

And Around Hawaii proclaimed him “one of Hawaii’s finest musicians and songwriters...”

Peter deAquino

Peter was born and raised on the island of Maui. He began playing ukulele at the age of 6. Later he studied ukulele with Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr. Other important influences include all the masters of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with whom he has played regularly for the last 8 years, including Ledward Kaapana and others, also Bradda IZ & Bob Marley. Peter now plays professionally around Maui both solo and in groups: Dukes-Kaanapali (Three Pounds of Poi), Kimo’s-Lahaina (deAquino Braddaz), The Hula Grill (leading the band TBA), and the Hard Rock Café (Sounds of Addiction). Peter is featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.1, Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, vol.2, and also on the Grammy nominated Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. Peter is featured in a new DVD: The Best of the Slack Key Show, Vol. 1.

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Slack Key Show - Masters of Hawaiian Music 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI 96761
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