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Kahumoku Camp 2009

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 restringing instruments

Dennis Lake came by one day to restring instruments

Pahala Plantation House

The Plantation House is the center of the workshop. Almost all classes and meals were held here.

Uncle Sonny and Uncle Moses jamming at Punalu'u

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

Auntie Kaiwi (left) teaching Lauhala weaving.

Uncle Herb and students

Uncle Herb (center) showing some licks.

The kitchen

The kitchen is the powerhouse of the event. Uncle Craig and the crew keep us fed with great food all week.

Uncle Keoki playing bass

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.

Squid cleaning demo

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 leads a song session

Del (middle) leads a jam/class. He had plenty of laughs to share throughout the week.

Songwriting with John Keawe

Uncle John teaching a songwriting class.

Uncle Dennis

Rev. Dennis Kamakahi also taught a songwriting class.

The squid beak

Still cleaning squid. Here Uncle cuts out the beak.

Auntie Darci and Uncle Herb

Auntie Darci and Uncle Herb.


Bubba (left) and P Man jamming.


This little piggy went in the imu…

Piggy 2

This piggy too.

Uncle Keoki at the morning circle

Uncle Keoki (center) with Kekoa (left) and Peter at the morning circle gathering.

Keoki and Brittni

On the last day there was a free community concert. Uncle Keoki and Brittni Paiva did a song together.

The Dancers

Auntie Kanani (blue dress, middle) taught students to dance Ka Nani A’o Ka’u.

Auntie Hope

Auntie Hope Keawe.

Uncle John Keawe

Uncle John playing his set.

The main men - Herb and Keoki

The two main men steal the show again – Uncle Herb and Uncle Keoki.

We were able to do the concert outside this year

The rain held off until the very end, so the concert was outside.

Hawai'i Aloha

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.

Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

1 comment… add one
  • dnewton2 Dec 10, 2009, 3:14 am

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like an amazing time.

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