Up Close With Grammy Winner George Kahumoku
Where else will we find a multi Grammy winner putting out extra chairs for his "guests" and his wife welcoming us like family? Only in Hawaii!! George Kahumoku Jr’s Hawaiian Slack Key Concert Series, now weekly at the Napili Kai, features rotating guests including the talented Owana Salazar shown here who blew us away with an incredible voice that can outsing any American Idol contestant. The thing I find absolutely refreshing about the performers here is despite how many Grammys they have won or how many albums they have made, they are so unpretentious. You find “Auntie Owana” standing in line for the bathroom behind you like everyone else, taking lots of persuading to even convince her to cut the line of which she felt is such a privilege. Yes, I love the beautiful beaches, sunsets, and rainbows that grace the skies, but it is the people that has me returning again and again. Before long, you do begin to feel like you’re sitting in their backyard "talking story" at an informal jam session just like ohana (family).
By Joyce Zee
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