Hawaiian Music Masters

Jeff Peterson

Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today.

Ledward Kaapana

“Everything you play, every time you play, there’s a mood, an energy. If you plug into it, the music just flows. Even in a simple song, there are so many different ways to play the melody, the rhythm, the harmony. It never stops if you stay open to it.

John Cruz

From the time he was a young boy growing up in Palolo Valley on Oahu, John Cruz knew he was destined to play music.  Whether inside or outside the home, his earliest memories were filled with song.  

George Kuo

George Kuo is known as one of Hawaii’s premiere Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar artists playing in the traditional nahenahe (sweet, soothing) style, bridging today’s generation with the older generations. 

Jeff Au Hoy

Largely self-taught, Jeff Au Hoy has mentored under the likes of local steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and brings an “old soul” feeling when he plays his Frypan.

Ikaika Marzo

A descendant of the Native Hawaiian music families that come from Kalapana, far from the modern world, Ikaika Marzo enjoys the lifestyle and music of Kalapana which has remained unique and distinct as it has evolved directly from living in Hawaii in a Hawaiian way and a love for that lifestyle and its music. 

What People are Saying

“We have attended your event the last four years. The workshops, dinners, and performances were magnificent.   Anyone who enjoys Hawaiian music, hula, flowers and food should know about this.”

Loren, Vashon Island

Wish I could have thanked everyone involved for making the Seattle Slack Key Festival such a memorable occasion. My Mom is still talking about the sweet soulful sound of Kiho’Alu…”

Ferdinand, San Juan Island