Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar
Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar provides an insider’s peek into the unparalleled talent and camaraderie of the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, held annually in the quaint cowboy town of Waimea on Hawai‘i Island.
Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar provides an insider’s peek into the unparalleled talent and camaraderie of the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, held annually in the quaint cowboy town of Waimea on Hawai‘i Island. During the five-day event, some of the world’s finest ‘ukulele and slack key guitar artists gather to share their passion for music with aspiring musicians, fans, and one another through one-of-a-kind workshops and rousing concert performances. Featured musicians include Muriel Anderson, Danny Carvalho, Benny Chong, Kalai Ho‘opi‘i, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Bobby Ingano, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, David Kamakahi, Dennis Kamakahi, Ozzie Kotani, Sonny Lim, Aaron Mahi, Chino Montero, Cyril Pahinui (featured in Pacific Heartbeat 200 - Let's Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends), and Jeff Peterson. Music lovers of all ages and genres will delight in this one-hour documentary/performance.
Available until May 2017 through American Public Television
Robert Pennybacker, Executive Producer
After graduating with honors from the USC School of Cinema, Robert Pennybacker began a successful career in Hawai‘i’s television industry, working in management positions for local CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates for 20 years before launching his own production and marketing firm, Pennybacker Creative LLC, in 2001. Under that banner, he wrote several television documentaries and produced and directed award-winning marketing videos, commercials, and public service announcements. Since 2007, Pennybacker has served as PBS Hawaii’s Vice President of Creative Services, where he oversees a range of projects. He was PBS Hawaii’s Executive Producer for the acclaimed documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, which aired on PBS stations across the country.
Jay W. Junker, Co-Producer
Jay W. Junker has taught for 20 years in the Ethnomusicology program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has worked closely with many of Hawai‘i’s greatest traditional musicians. His credits in the music and film industries are numerous. Most recently, Junker served as a music consultant to the feature film The Descendants, produced the album Return to the Source for Hindustani slide guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya, and co-produced a concert tour and DVD for The Hawaiian Legends, a group that includes slack key guitar masters Ledward Kaapana and Dennis Kamakahi, bassist Nathan Auweau, and guitarist Mike Kaawa.