December 12, 2015
Time: Start Time: 1:00 PM End Time: 1:45 PM
Venue: Hercules Library
Address: 109 Civic Dr
Patrick Kahakauwila Kamaholelani Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award, considered to be Hawaii’s equivalent to the Grammy. Landeza is a Hawaii Music Award winner and was recently awarded Listen for Life’s “Musician of the Heart Award”. Listen for Life was the organization that produced a world music concert for peace at NY’s Carnegie Hall which Patrick was a part of.
Patrick is a leading exponent of ki ho’alu, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened – or “slacked” – their guitar strings for a lower, more resonant sound. Born and raised in Berkeley to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Patrick is not only one of the top slack key performers around, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and California – he plays, in his words, “traditional Hawaiian music with a Berkeley twist.”