We went to see the Slack Key Guitar concert again … this is a very enjoyable concert series that we’ve been attending for a number of years.
This concert featured ‘Uncle’ Richard Hoopii, who is a a leo kiekie (falsetto) singer.
The concert was quite enjoyable … it was held at the Napili Kai resort. George Kahumoka (who’s won a few Grammys for Hawaiian music) is the host and started out with some traditional songs. There was a television crew from a show based in Sweden recording the concert. It was kind of fun watching George get a bit flustered when the camera man came up on stage to get some tight shots of him playing.
After a little bit he introduced his guest artist, Richard Hoopii. He came on stage and pretty much took over. He played and sang a number of nice songs, but I’ve decided that I’m not a big fan of the falsetto singing style. Richard’s wife came up on stage and did a very nice hula dance for one of the songs.
After the intermission, George invited the ‘next generation’ of slack key guitar players on stage … Sterling Seaton and one of George’s students (who’s name I didn’t get), to play along with Richard and himself. It was clear they were having a good time and so was the audience.
I only have one gripe about the concert … it’s a fairly long distance away from Kihei … so it’s a long drive. Getting there isn’t a problem, but driving back at 10pm, isn’t a lot of fun.
Other than that, it’s quite a worth the effort.