Grammy Award-winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. to Perform in Concert at Carleton College

George Kahumoku Jr.

Carleton College is pleased to present multiple Grammy and Hoku Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. in concert on Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Labeled “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man” by Maui Time Weekly, Kahumoku is a songwriter, world-traveling performer, director of the Institute of Hawaiian Music, artist and sculptor, storyteller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. In concert, he presents his traditional style of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with vocals and stories of life and culture in Hawaii. This event is free and open to the public.

Kahumoku is the recipient of numerous Grammy and Hoku Awards honoring his prolific musical career, the 48th Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Album in 2006 for the compilation recording, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 1: Live in Concert from Maui; the 49th Grammy Award in 2007 for Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar: Live from Maui which includes additional artists (Dennis Kamakahi, Martin Pahinui, and Richard Ho’opi’i); and in 2008, Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar won the 50th Grammy Award. In 2009, The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar was an honored Grammy nominee and the compilation, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol.2 was released.

All of these recordings are compilations from Kahumoku’s weekly Wednesday night show, the prestigious Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series at the Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui ( Kahumoku is the musical host and features a different solo artist each week. Now in its 9th year, this is the first long-running concert hall setting in Hawaii created to feature the great slack key performers of today.

George Kahumoku lives on Maui with his wife, Nancy, and teaches drawing & painting, ceramics, and guitar & ukulele at the historic Lahainaluna High School. He spends his free time maintaining his three-acre farm growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi) and tending his goats, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. True to his Hawaiian heritage, wherever he goes, Kahumoku brings bundles of fresh produce to share with friends and students. Learn more at

This event is made possible by a gift from Mark Applebaum, Class of 1989. The Concert Hall is located on First Street, between Nevada and Winona Streets, in Northfield. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4475 or email