The ProArts Hawaiian Arts and Culture Series: Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. with opener Nāmaka Cosma

Filmed at the live performance held on Friday, February 11th at 7pm

***PLEASE NOTE: The videos appear in TWO PARTS. Just click the small black video boxes to select Part 1 or 2.

Music by Uncle George and opener Nāmaka Cosma, with a Talk Story session with both artists.

There’s a reason he’s been called Hawaii’s Renaissance man:  George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, teacher, artist, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly show on Maui called George Kahumoku Jr’s Slack Key Show: Masters of Hawaiian Music. Around all of this he cultivates taro and raises sheep on his upland Maui farm.

Nāmaka Cosma is an upcoming Hawaiian artist (guitarist and vocalist) based in Maui. Her father was Pekelo Cosma, a renowned slack-key guitarist and Nā Hoku award winner who was born and raised in Hāna, Maui. She grew up surrounded by Hawaiian music, at the young age of three she was running up on stage to sing with her father. Nāmaka is now a Hawaiian Studies major and a graduate of the Institute of Hawaiian Music program at UH Maui College. She plans to follow in her fathers footsteps through learning the art of kī hōʻalu with her uncle Kevin Brown, and pursuing her passion of singing traditional Hawaiian mele.

This Series has been made possible in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Series do not necessarily represent those of the Hawai'i Humanities/NEH.

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Uncle George - Part 1