TITLE: Gary Haleamau: Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas
SPEAKER: Gary Haleamau
EVENT DATE: 2008/08/20
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Gary Haleamau and his band perform traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar from Nevada, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
Speaker Biography: Gary Haleamau grew up at Hu'ehu'e Ranch in North Kona on the big island of Hawaii. Family gatherings included music, and Gary's father Karin Haleamau, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) and ki ho'alu (slack-key guitar) player, encouraged his son to join in. By the time he was eight years old, Gary could accompany himself on the slack-key guitar and was playing and singing at family and neighborhood gatherings. He released his debut album on Poki Records in 1977 at the age of 12. Over the past 25 years, Gary has continued to record and perform, captivating audiences with beautiful vocal stylings and seemingly effortless slack key finesse.