Kahiapo Atherton Concert on Nov. 17th


David Kawika Kahiapo Brings Award-Winning Style to Evening of Hawaiian Music

    Multiple award-winning slack key recording artist David Kawika Kahiapo returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. The acclaimed guitarist, a veteran of 34 years in the Hawaiian music industry, will display his renowned depth and familiarity with ki ho‘alu. The one-time student of Gabby “Pops” Pahinui and member of Kaukahi has more than 76 album projects to his credit, and is currently performing with Martin Pahinui. He won the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano ki ho’alu award for Slack Key artist of the year and composed the 2007 Song of the Year, “Life In These Islands.” He also performed on the 2010 Grammy Winner “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume II.” Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 HPR members, and $15 students with ID. Reservations at 955-8821 during business hours.

    Kawika was born in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu. Some of his fondest memories are of his family’s “garage” jam sessions, when “Pops” Gabby Pahinui would show up with his guitar and bottle of vodka. This is what inspired Kawika’s passion for ki ho`alu. At the age of 17, Kawika entered the professional music scene, joining Chucky Boy Chock and O`ahu Brand, and then Palani Vaughan. Over the next couple of decades, Kawika contributed his musical talent to multiple recording projects and has collaborated or performed with artists such as Kekolu, Leon and Malia, Jesse Rivera, Kapena, Pierre Grill, Na Leo Pilimehana, Kelly Boy Delima, Del Beazley, Alex McAngus, and the Native Hawaiian Band (Pahinui Brothers, Dennis Kamakahi, George Kuo, Mike Kaawa, Milton Lau).  Today, Kawika continues to perpetuate the art of ki ho`alu in his sound recordings and annually at the Slack Key Festivals.
    Other artists with whom he has collaborated include: Amy Gilliom(2009 Grammy Nominee,“Family and Friends”), Hawaiian Slack Key Kings (Grammy nominee), Ken Makuakane, Brian Kessler, Melveen Leed, Chucky Chock, Kawehi Lindsey, Leon and Malia, Pierre Grill, George Kahumoku, Paul Togioka, Koa Siu, Alan Thomas, Daniel Ho, Cyril Pahinui, Led Kaapana, Brother Noland, Jack Johnson (“Curious George” sound track), Walt Keale, Da Braddahs, Chef Sakai (Iron Chef), Paula Fuga, New Wave Natives Slack Key compilation, Tour Talk Hawaii, and the Honolulu Symphony.

    His deep involvement in the community extends to serving on the boards of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, PBS Hawaii and the North Shore Community Land Trust. He’s also an ordained minister.

Listing Information
Hawaii Public Radio presents
David Kawika Kahiapo in Concert
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Performing Arts Studio
738 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
Tickets: $30 general; $25 HPR members; $15 students with ID
Reservations: 955-8821