OLD STYLE HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND TRADITIONS.
It is in honor of those who came before us. It is not the popular Hawaiian music of today. Lono’s songs are of Molokai’s sacred sights, history, animal traditions, the winds of the different districts, it’s high chiefs, the children, the paniolo’s (cowboys) and the people of Moloka’i. “It is but a fleeting glimpse for us to see the things our ancestors had to encounter and overcome to leave us the paradise we live in today.” Lono will be teaching true Hawaiian ukulele traditions and pack the music with stories (mo’olelo) of Molokai’s past from 600 AD, to the present. Lono and his friends will also do an ancient presentation of Moloka’i hula that is made up of 3 dances and their stories.
“Hui O Mele Nei” will be helping Lonomusic and the group with the morning classes, afternoon activities and evening Kanikapila. On Saturday evening Lonomusic will present Mo’olelo of ancient Molokai to the present.
CRAIG CHEE AND SARAH MAISEL
Craig Chee was born and raised on Oahu, he matured as an ‘ukulele player and musician on the mainland. Throughout attending and graduating from the University of Oregon, Craig focused on teaching a myriad of different styles with the tiny instrument. Craig has had the honor of working under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez, and has become a renown instructor and performer around the world. Craig infuses his energetic and just plain “fun” style into many genres of music and is known for his collaborations at different music events.
Sarah Maisel was born and raised in Alabama and found herself working in San Diego, CA as the Lead Female Draper for the La Jolla Playhouse and the University of California San Diego. On walking into a local ‘ukulele jam, Sarah was both fascinated by the instrument and the joy that surrounded it. Studying under Frank Leong, Sarah dove into the jazz stylings of golden age Hawai’i songs and arrangements inspired by ‘ukulele legends like Lyle Ritz, Benny Chong and Byron Yasui. Sarah found a passion of teaching and performing with the ‘ukulele and was quickly featured at many ‘ukulele festivals around the world