Slack Key Festival; Maoli’s New CD
Friday - August 11, 2010
Hawaii Slack Key Festival producer Milton Lau says it doesn’t get better than sitting under a nice shade tree right across the street in Waikiki chomping on some shave ice and listening to great music.
Join him this Sunday (Aug. 15) at Kapiolani Park from noon to 6 p.m. and find out just what he’s talking about. Celebrating its 28th year, this year’s festival will again pack the stage with some Hawaii legends and a few up-and-coming talents.
“We have long-timers and new artists because I wanted to get people who represent traditional slack key and the new age. That was my intent when I put this lineup together.”
Taking the stage are Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, George Kuo, Brother Noland, Makana, David Kawika Kahiapo, Dwight Kanae, Bobby Moderow, Stephen Inglis, Jeff Peterson, Keale, Chris Lau, Danny Carvalho, Kamuela Kimokea, LT Smooth, Paul Togioka and Patrick Landeza.
And it’s free!
“We’re just doing this to preserve and perpetuate this art form,” adds Lau.
The food selection nearly matches the array of talent taking the stage. Menu items include lau lau, fried noodles, Filipino food, barbecue plate lunch, Chinese food, tacos, burritos, pastries, cookies, kettle corn, shave ice and malasadas.
“We will also be giving away guitars, lots of CDs and coupons for the Waikiki Aquarium,” says Lau. “It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.”
The festival began in 1982 to honor slack key greats such as Gabby Pahinui and Atta Isaacs. In 1990, a Maui festival was added, and Big Island and Kauai followed.
“We’re already planning for the 30th anniversary,” says Lau. “And we’re working on establishing the festival in five cities on the Mainland.”
It’s album No. 2 for Maoli - comprised of Maui boys Glenn Awong, Hubert Kaina, Corey Lum, Kahana AkiuCorpuz and Matthew Casil.
Maoli’s newly released, all-original album Rock Easy hit shelves yesterday - a proud accomplishment that the group says features an “upgraded” sound.
“The first album (Groovin), we had fun doing it, but for this album you can see that we’re growing as musicians and we’re taking it more serious,” says Awong. “We recorded with Ekolu in their studios and so the sound is better. The writing is more mature and everything is just growing.”
The island contemporary reggae album features 10 tracks written by Awong (who penned all the songs on Maoli’s first album), one by Lum and another by Kaina.
“Some of the songs come from experiences, but some of the songs just come to me,” says Awong. “Minds at Ease was inspired by someone telling me something I didn’t want to hear. Basically it’s about trash-talking and just letting it go. And Whisper, which is playing on the radio now, that song just came to me.”
Maoli made a recent trip to Oahu for the Birthday Bash and will be back this Saturday at The Shack Waikiki to take the stage for J Boog‘s block party.
Check it out there or online at maoliexclusive.com ...
Here’s a few more live performances from the Mountain Apple Company family:
The Brothers Cazimero 7-8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Chai’s Island Bistro; Ho’okena 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Waikiki Aquarium; Robert Cazimero 7-8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 at Chai’s Island Bistro; Kainani Kahaunaele 3-4 p.m. Aug. 20 at Made In Hawaii Festival (Blaidell Pikake Room); and Keola Beamer and Raiatea 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Paliku Theatre.
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