Well, another camp come and gone. I think this one was probably the best so far. There was a great turnout for the economy in the shape it’s in. For those of you who don’t know, the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop is 8 days of intensive music and culture classes. This year the teaching lineup included Herb Ohta Jr., Keoki Kahumoku, John Keawe, Sonny Lim, Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, Brittni Paiva, George Kahumoku Jr., Moses Kahumoku, Kanani Hundly, Darci Baker, Tony Salvage, and Leilehua Yuen. The camp is really very special and everyone walks away as a family. I learned all kinds of stuff, from picking vamps, to the music business, and everything in between. Here are some pictures that I took:
Dennis Lake came by one day to restring instruments
The Plantation House is the center of the workshop. Almost all classes and meals were held here.
Uncle Sonny Lim (left), Moses Kahumoku, and students jamming at Punalu’u beach where we spent one of our days.
Auntie Kaiwi (left) teaching Lauhala weaving.
Uncle Herb (center) showing some licks.
The kitchen is the powerhouse of the event. Uncle Craig and the crew keep us fed with great food all week.
As busy as he was, Uncle Keoki still had time to hang out and jam a bit. Here he checks the action on a portable bass.
Uncle Sonny gave a squid (octopus) cleaning demo. What he cleaned was used in squid lu’au.
The squid is rubbed in rock salt to get the slime off.
Del (middle) leads a jam/class. He had plenty of laughs to share throughout the week.
Uncle John teaching a songwriting class.
Rev. Dennis Kamakahi also taught a songwriting class.
Still cleaning squid. Here Uncle cuts out the beak.
Auntie Darci and Uncle Herb.
Bubba (left) and P Man jamming.
This little piggy went in the imu…
This piggy too.
Uncle Keoki (center) with Kekoa (left) and Peter at the morning circle gathering.
On the last day there was a free community concert. Uncle Keoki and Brittni Paiva did a song together.
Auntie Kanani (blue dress, middle) taught students to dance Ka Nani A’o Ka’u.
Auntie Hope Keawe.
Uncle John playing his set.
The two main men steal the show again – Uncle Herb and Uncle Keoki.
The rain held off until the very end, so the concert was outside.
We all played Hawai’i Aloha at the end of the concert.
Thank you so much to everyone involved with putting the workshop together. I am so lucky to have been a part of it year after year.
If you get the chance to attend next year – go. It doesn’t get any better than Uncle Keoki’s camp.