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Hawaiian Music and Culture in the Greater Boston and New England Area
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* Masters of Hawaiian Music with George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau and Kawika Kahiapo at Club Passim

Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” share Hawai‘i’s unique guitar styles, with origins in paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture. Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. – “wonderful composer, songwriter, vocalist, and storyteller” (George Winston). Talented award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nathan Aweau, renowned for 8-string electric bass and velvet vocals–“…advanced understanding of harmony and orchestration…his singing style is effortless” (NY Times). Guitarist and singer Kawika Kahiapo, award-winner for slack key and island music, a regular at Jack Johnson’s Kokua Fests. “Talented slack key…broad musical horizons” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

George Kahumoku Jr.
Known as Hawaii’s Renaissance Man, George Kahumoku Jr, is a multiple Grammy & Hoku Award winning master Slack Key Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, teacher, artist and sculptor, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. George is known for playing slack key on a jumbo12-string guitar because he loves the full sound and the lower bass tones. He uses a custom Art Davis guitar, and since beginning the Slack Key Show seven years ago, has changed his favorite tuning from E flat to F to make it easier to play with others.

Nathan Aweau
Nathan was born into a musical family, his grandparents could play various instruments as well as performing with a band, his mom a piano player and his father for many years taught music and was a choir director as well as a Polynesian music teacher at various high schools.

Kawika Kahiapo
Though now living in beautiful Waimānalo, Kawika grew up in the small town of Kaneʻohe on the windward side of Oʻahu. One cannot think about the windward side without images of the breathtaking Koʻolau mountain range, lush, green valleys and the magnificent ocean views. Born to Samuel (Uncle Sam) and Josephine (Aunty Jo) Kahiapo, Kawika is the 5th of 6 children. Kawika’s interest in music began at an early age, when, inspired by his father, he spent many hours alone in his room strumming along. Some of his fondest memories are of their “garage” jam sessions, when “Pops” Gabby Pahinui would show up with his guitar and bottle of vodka. This is what inspired Kawika’s passion for ki hoʻalu (slack-key guitar). Today, Kawika continues to perpetuate the art of ki hoʻalu in his sound recordings and annually at Slack Key Festivals. He was honored as the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Slack Key Artist of the year.
 
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: Two Shows: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Tickets: $32
Buy online: 7 PM Show and 9:30 PM Show
Location: Club Passim
47 Palmer St (corner of Church St)
Cambridge, MA 02138
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* Wahi Ku Moku -- Boston Hawaiian Club
Mahalo to Al Kuahi Wong for running the Boston Hawaiian Club for fifteen years ... enjoy your retirement!
 
* Hui Anuenuene – The New England Club of Hawai'i
 
* Boston Outrigger Canoe Club
Boston Outrigger is dedicated to expanding the sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing along the East Coast.
  Web: http://www.bostonoutrigger.com
  Email: paddle@bostonoutrigger.com
 
* Boston University Hawaii Cultural Association
  Web: http://sites.bu.edu/buhca/
  Email: pauhana@bu.edu
 
* MIT Hawaii Club
  Web: http://hawaii.scripts.mit.edu/
  Email: hi-officers@mit.edu
 
* Holoimua O Hawai'i: The Harvard Radcliffe Hawaii Club
  Web: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hawaii/
  Email: hawaii@hcs.harvard.edu
 
* Hawaii Club of Boston College
  Web: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiClubBC/
  Email: bchawaiiclub@gmail.com
 
* Tufts University Hawaii Club
  Web: http://ase.tufts.edu/hawaiiclub/
  Email: tuftshawaiiclub@yahoo.com
 
* Wellesley Club of Hawaii
  Web: https://hawaii.alum.wellesley.edu/
  Email: WCHawaii@alum.wellesley.edu
 
* Brandeis University Hawai'i Ohana (B.U.H.O.)
  Web: http://people.brandeis.edu/~buho/
  Email: buho@brandeis.edu
 

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* Hawaiian Artifacts at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Pacific Island Collections originated in 1799 and consists of 22,000 objects from Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. The 5,000 Hawaiian objects are particularly significant and form one of the most important collections of its kind outside Hawaii.

One of the most interesting pieces is the large carved image made from breadfruit wood of Kuka'ilimoku, the personal war god of King Kamehameha. This heiau (temple) image dates back to the 18th century and is 210 centimeters in height. Only two other large carved images of Kuka'ilimoku have survived: one at the British Museum and the other at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii.

  Location: Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970
  Info: (978) 745-9500 or (866) 745-1876
 
* Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum

The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Its mission is to document, preserve and promote the history of the ukulele, its players and makers as well as to inspire and engage people everywhere in the perpetuation of the ukulele and ukulele music through performances and exhibits. The Museum is currently in search of an appropriate public site to house the collection of books, tapes, records, CDs, photographs, and uke ephemera.

  Web: http://www.ukulele.org
 

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* Polynesian Dance Arts Company
  Web: http://www.polynesiandancearts.com
  Contact: PO Box 604
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-2252
polynesiandancearts@yahoo.com
 
* WAITIKI -- Authentic Hawaiian, Tiki, & Exotica Music

WAITIKI's founding members consist of Hawaii locals Randy Wong and Abe Lagrimas, Jr. Between the two of them, Randy and Abe have graced the stage with many of Hawaii's finest entertainers during their professional careers. Joining Randy and Abe are: multi-reed player Michael Birnbryer, on soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, digeridoo, and African nose flute; and vibraphonist and percussionist Brian O'Neill.

  Web: http://www.waitiki.com
  Contact: (617) 771-7971
info@waitiki.com
 

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* Polynesian Dance Arts Company
  Web: http://www.polynesiandancearts.com
  Contact: PO Box 604
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-2252
polynesiandancearts@yahoo.com
  Class Location: Cambridge, MA
  Instructor: Marta Moussa has studied hula with the late Rose Kapulani Joshua and Lorraine Joshua in Honolulu, Hawaii and the late ethnic dance art great, La Meri. She studied Tahitian with Nona Robinson of Tumata's Polynesian Dance Co., Papa'ete, Tahiti and Cathy Tereapaia.
  Hula: Participants will learn basic hula movements, utilizing them in learning a modern or 'auana style hula. The class will also introduce sitting hula dances using hula implements. Some implements that will be used are the ipu (gourd), pu'ili (a split bamboo rod) and the 'uli 'uli (feathered gourd with canna seeds inside to produce sound). Students will be able to purchase these implements. Since hula is a storytelling dance and an integral part of Hawaiian music, translations of the songs will be provided.
  Tahitian: Basic Tahitian dance movements will be taught. An Otea (medley of line dances) will be taught (utilizing rhythmic hip movements) ranging from simple to basic, varying in tempo and rhythm.
 
* Hui Lehua

Lessons in ancient and modern Hawaiian Hula.
  Web: http://www.huilehua.org
  Contact: Melissa Dullea
Somerville, MA
huilehua@gmail.com
 
* Ohana Hula School
  Contact: Beverly Emmert-Trusty
12 East Broadway
Salem NH, 03079
(603) 661-3083
Peweli2348@aol.com
 
* Hui Na Kawaiuaili
  Contact: K. Leimomi Hoover
Cell: (302) 222-6851
kawaiuaili@yahoo.com
  Class Location: 12 Stair Falls Dr
E Rochester, NH 03868
  Instructor: Karen Leimomi Kawewehi Hoover, co-director of "Touch of Polynesia" dance troupe, and performer, is a consummate dance artist, teacher and historian. She shares with us the gift of her life spent deep in Hawaiian traditions: The strength and power of the ancient Ali'i in Kahiko chant and dance, the exciting implement dances, and the delicate grace of 'auana, modern hula. She has been studying and performing hula, its music, and its history for over twenty years. In these classes she shares her knowledge, language, basic techniques, and moves, then how they fit together to form dances. These are beginning level classes, so even if you had no prior dance training, join us in a warm, fun, learning atmosphere!! Classes are open from ages 6 and up.
 
* Hui Aloha Hula
  Web: http://www.ethnicdancenh.com/
  Contact: Nancy Griffin
Paradise in the Palms Studio
68 Danville Rd
Kingston NH 03848
(603) 642-8509
paradiseinthepalms@comcast.net
 

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* Manoa Poke Shop

Inspired by the superettes, drive-ins, and community potlucks of Hawai’i, Manoa is bringing a taste of the Pacific to Somerville and Cambridge. We celebrate the places and people that sustain us and serve our community with a spirit of Aloha.
 
Web: https://manoa.fish
Location: 300 Beacon St
Somerville MA 02143-3511
Phone: (617) 945-1042
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* Pokéworks

At Pokéworks, we are committed to bringing you consistently delicious Hawaiian poké made using only the highest-quality sourced fish. We also view seafood as more than just a trend; we believe in the importance of meeting today's needs while preserving the oceans so that future generations will never have to fish in troubled waters. At Pokéworks, you can always feel great about what you're eating, so go ahead-let your taste buds indulge!
 
Web: http://www.pokeworks.com
Location: 261 Elm St
Somerville MA 02144-2934
Phone: (617) 996-1198
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* Flat Waves (near Newport, Rhode Island)

Our goal here at Flat Waves is simple: great food, great price, serve others. For 4 years now we've been doing just that. We always use fresh, high quality ingredients in our Hawaiian plates and by skipping all the frills, we serve it up at a killer price! Come in and try our Hawaiian Plates, Fish Tacos, unique burgers, and genuine Shave Ice from April to November! The only Hawaiian Food in Rhode Island!
 
Web: http://www.flat-waves.com
Location: 1130 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 847-9283
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