John Keawe & Hi'ikua
3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
John Keawe is a songwriter and slack-key
guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in
the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. John grew up
with rock and roll music and enjoyed listening to
After a four year tour in the Navy, John returned to his
home and was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key.
He listened and watched and taught himself to play this
style of music. Through the years, he has developed his
own distinct style.
About the same time, John began to perform publicly and
also composing his own songs. Two of his early
compositions “Ka`auhuhu Homestead” and “Big Island
Magic” were chosen for album cuts on projects that
involved various artists.
Of all his recordings,
seven were nominated for Na Hoku HanoHano Awards (which
is the local music awards). The CD “Ho`onanea” won that
award in 1994 for best instrumental performance. At the
1998 Hawaii Music Awards, John won best slack-key artist
for his” Mana`olana” CD. In 2003 , John received a
Hawaii Music Award for “Aloha Kaikua`ana.” He also won a
Hoku Award for Ki-ho`alu which is a special award given
to an artist for perpetuating the art of slack-key
In 2005, John was honored as a contributing artist on
Hawaii's first Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music
Album titled "Slack-key Guitar Vol. 2" by Palm Records.
2009 was a monumental year in John's career as he was
the recipient of the first Na Hoku Hano Hano Award for
Slack-Key Album of the Year for the CD"Hawai`i
Island...Is My Home."
With his tenth album, "Play With Me Papa," John received
his fourth Na Hoku Hano Hano award for Slack-Key Album
of the Year in 2011
In a culture that honors the legacies
of the past, this Hawaiian trio of talented musicians
pays homage to their roots while creating a unique and
progressive sound that leaves their mark in contemporary
Hi’ikua: In a seamless, continuous movement, we
all carry a past while living in the present and moving
toward a future. Hi’ikua’s music reflects the belief
that without asking, the knowledge of our ancestors has
already been placed within us in the hope that we too
will shoulder that responsibility in an unbroken journey
into the future.
This worldview is the essence of Hi‘ikua’s music, which
is either composed or performed by Kalehua Krug, Kamuela
Kimokeo and Blake Leoki-Haili. The group’s name derives
from the Hawaiian word that means literally “to carry on
one’s back.” Hi‘ikua accepts this responsibility and
intends with each song to achieve that goal: to speak of
their history in words and music; to enjoy each moment
of that expression, and in sharing this with you, to
hope that their message will find its way into the
This is why Hi’ikua came to be and how they have chosen
to honor those who have come before us.
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