Growing up on Oahu in the 1960s and ‘70s, Geri Valdriz and his friends listened to the blues. “In my generation, that’s the kind of music we listened to–we never played Hawaiian music,” he told me recently. Then he started reading interviews of his favorite blues artists, and was surprised to find them citing Hawaiian steel guitar musicians as their influences. “So … [Read more...] about Kika Kila: How Geri Valdriz helps keep the fire burning for steel guitars
Pat Simmons Jr. is not just a Maui boy, father, singer-songwriter, musician, surfer and an organic farmer. He’s also a cancer survivor, and the son of Pat Simmons, an American rock musician and original band member of The Doobie Brothers. Being from a musically inclined family, Simmons grew up listening to all types of music. He learned how to play both the guitar and ukulele … [Read more...] about Maui’s Aloha ‘Aina Ambassador: What it’s like to be Pat Simmons, Jr.
Iconic Hawaii promoter Tom Moffatt died Monday night at the age of 85, Pacific Business News reported today. A former radio DJ, he formed A Tom Moffatt Production in 1972, and began bringing big named stars to Hawaii and Maui concerts, including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix. Maui Arts & Cultural Center President and CEO Art Vento said we all owe Moffatt … [Read more...] about Remembering Hawaii promoter Tom Moffatt