Born in Hawi on the Big Island, John Keawe says music has been a part of his life from the very beginning. Given the 11 or so albums he’s produced and all the awards he’s won through the years (including a Grammy and multiple Na Hoku Hano Hanos), this isn’t surprising. “After a four year tour in the Navy, John returned to his home and was drawn to the sound of Hawaiian slack-key,” states his biography on his website. “He listened and watched and taught himself to play this style of music.” He plays mostly on the Big Island, but now you can catch him this Sunday at a special show in Ka’anapali. 2:30pm. Hula Grill (2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy.); 808-667-6636.
Photo: Darris Hurst