ECA Summer Engagement: Keoki Kahumoku & Kalei Gamiao hosted by internationally-renowned comedian Kermet Apio

Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku and versatile ukulele instrumentalist Kalei Gamiao* bring the sounds of Hawaii to ECA. Hosted by internationally-renowned comedian Kermet Apio.

Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1992, Keoki and his family moved to the island of Maui, to perform at the Westin Maui in Ka’anapali. The wonderful Hawaiian mele he performed spawned a vision in Keoki — to reach and teach the keiki o ka aina and preserve this rich Hawaiian heritage. Keoki began teaching ukulele with informal lessons, then progressed to ukulele and slack key guitar workshops and formal lessons throughout the state of Hawai‘i and on the mainland.

Wielding his ukulele like it will one day rule the world, Kalei Gamiao mesmerizes audiences with imaginative musicality and flawless execution. This soft-spoken young man can silence a talkative crowd as he delicately picks or fires away at his simple four-stringed instrument. Captivated by his skill and the ukulele’s versatility, expressions like “I was floored” or “He had me at the edge of my seat” are familiar responses from first-time listeners who eagerly fall under the power of Kalei’s ukulele. His ability to create sounds that are incredibly rich and full are even more amazing when you consider he only has two octaves to work with. Award-winning ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. summed it up best when he declared, “Kalei’s music and ukulele prowess will take the ukulele to new heights!”

Kermet Apio was the winner of the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival and has had numerous appearances on television and radio. He has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas, and Vancouver and has performed in 47 states and 3 Canadian provinces. He is a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Also, in 1988 he was Dishwasher of the Month at the Sea-Tac Airport Denny’s.

*Brittni Paiva was originally scheduled to perform with Keoki Kahumoku. For personal reasons she is unable to appear, and will be replaced by Kalei Gamiao.

Tickets on sale Friday, May 2 at noon. Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku and award-winning instrumentalist Brittni Paiva bring the sounds of Hawaii to ECA. In fairness to all patrons who wish to attend this concert, tickets will be limited to a maximum of six tickets per patron on May 2nd, 2014Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1992, Keoki and his family moved to the Island of Maui, to perform at the Westin Maui in Ka’anapali. The wonderful Hawaiian mele he performed spawned a vision in Keoki — to reach and teach the keiki o ka aina and preserve this rich Hawaiian heritage.
At 25 years of age, Brittni Paiva is a multi-award-winning instrumentalist known for her stunning articulation of what she can do with the ukulele. From slow and moving, to rapid-fire, classical ballet, ancient Japan, and forms of jazz, world beat, pop, Flamenco and Latin, Paiva transforms genres through her ukulele - See more at: http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/index#sthash.yGvcy0dV.dpuf
Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1992, Keoki and his family moved to the Island of Maui, to perform at the Westin Maui in Ka’anapali. The wonderful Hawaiian mele he performed spawned a vision in Keoki — to reach and teach the keiki o ka aina and preserve this rich Hawaiian heritage.
At 25 years of age, Brittni Paiva is a multi-award-winning instrumentalist known for her stunning articulation of what she can do with the ukulele. From slow and moving, to rapid-fire, classical ballet, ancient Japan, and forms of jazz, world beat, pop, Flamenco and Latin, Paiva transforms genres through her ukulele - See more at: http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/index#sthash.yGvcy0dV.dpuf
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