For a different way to celebrate Father's Day, take dad to a concert showcasing the talents of four fathers and four sons from famous Hawaiian musical families.
On Saturday, June 16, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) will host "Slack Key Masters: 4 Fathers & 4 Sons," with Dennis and David Kamakahi, George and Keoki Kahumoku, Kevin and Ikaika Brown, and Richard and Kai Ho'opi'i in the McCoy Studio Theater for a special evening of good-natured musical competition.
The program will include slack key guitar, 'ukulele, vocal harmonies and falsetto melodies in both contemporary and traditional Hawaiian songs. In the first set, each father-son duo will take the stage. The second set will offer a lively competition between the four seasoned fathers and four rising-star sons as they vie for audience approval.
In the first set of “Slack Key Masters: 4 Fathers & 4 Sons,” each father-son duo will take the stage. The second set will offer a lively competition between the four seasoned fathers--(left to right) Kevin Brown, Dennis Kamakahi, George Kahumoku and Richard Ho‘opi‘i--and four rising-star sons as they vie for audience approval.
This popular concert format usually sells out.
George Kahumoku Jr., Keoki Kahumoku, Dennis Kamakahi and Richard Ho'opi'i are all Grammy Award winners in the Hawaiian Music category. David Kamakahi won Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Contemporary Album for his solo debut. Kai Ho'opi'i has been joining his father onstage in Hawaiian musical performances around the state. The Brown family represents three generations of slack key musicians perpetuating the art form of ki ho'alu. Each of these musical families will share the stories behind their songs, engaging the audience in a relaxed, kanikapila-style evening.
Tickets to "Slack Key Masters: 4 Fathers & 4 Sons" are available for $25 (standard) and $45 for VIP with an artist talk-story session at 6:30 p.m. (plus applicable fees).
Enjoy pre-show dinner catered by Kalama's Local Grinds from 5:30 p.m. in the McCoy Courtyard.
Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or order tickets online at MauiArts.org.