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MUSIC CDs

D~Tour - 2013
Play With Me Papa
- 2010
Hawai`i Island... Is My Home
- 2008
Beautiful Hula Dancer - 2006
Keaweualani
- 2003
Aloha Kaikua`ana - 2002

Heartfelt - 1999
Christmas Is -
1996
Mana`olana - 1996
Auhele -
1994
Ho`onanea - 1993

DVDs

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Lessons - Keawe Style - 2008
Learn to Play Ki Ho 'Alu - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
- 2005
John Keawe "Music With The Island Touch" - 2004

Listen Now! Radio Interview

2008 Radio Interview with John Keawe in Santa Cruz, California on KZSC's Wiki Wiki Wednesday Radio Show.

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D~Tour - 2013

Hawaii Island Is My Home

To listen to a sound clip, click on the following the song tiles below.

1. Backroads
2. Slazz
3. Ready? Beguine
4. North Swell
5. Guitar Lament
6. The Pu'ili Blues


Aloha,

No! I didn't spell it wrong!!

The title of this CD, "D~Tour" is twofold. First of all, the songs are all in some form of a D-tuning on the guitar which can be interpreted as a "tour" in the D-tuning. It also implies that for me, it is a detour from my usual slack key compositions. I truly enjoyed creating these songs and along with the cool arrangements & rhythms provided by my good friend, Charles Recaido, it was really fun to do! Except for the cello, everything else is just Charlie and me!

I hope you enjoy the new sounds and find something you like on this little "D~Tour!!"

Mahalo,
John

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Play With Me Papa - 2010
2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner for Slack Key Album of the Year

Hawaii Island Is My Home

To listen to a sound clip, click on the following the song tiles below.

1. Warriors
2. Play With Me Papa
3. Kauholo
4. E `ilima E
5. Hanau `Ia `O Ali`i
6. The Hawaiian Man
7. Kaua`i Summer Day
8. Paniolo Waltz
9. Pu`Uwai Ho`Ano
10. Mt. Takao
11. Kohala - Ku`u Home
12. Guardian of the Falls

Bonus Track
Kauholo

Aloha everyone,

I humbly share with you some new compositions and some that go back 30 years. I truly thank all of you who have encouraged me and embraced my music and my family throughout the years. Your friendships are what I cherish the most – I hear your laughter, I envision your smiles and value your thoughts – I love your “hugs” cause I can feel the Aloha in your hearts!

Love you all,

John

In remembrance of my father, Clarence Keawe
He continues to inspire me.

Special Guests:
Barry Flanagan #3
Sonny Lim #8
Herb Ohta Jr #9
Charles Recaido #2, 4, 6, 8, 11
Dave Moran #8
Hope Keawe #4, 6, 8
Naomi & Shelly Keawe #2
The "Bird" at Waipio #3

 

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Hawai`i Island... Is My Home - 2008
2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner for Slack Key Album of the Year

Hawaii Island Is My Home

To listen to a sound clip, click on the following the song tiles below.

1. Hawai`i Island... Is My Home
2. Faces Of Pele
3. Guitarra
4. O Kakou Ka Po`e
5. Steal The Morning
6. Pahinui
7. Across The Way
8. Wai Kahe
9. Auwe Manakuke
10. Just Like An Angel
11. Keiki Time
12. Safe Passage
13. Ku`u Hoaaloha

Through the years, I’ve enjoyed writing songs about many different subjects and “hopefully” have learned how to better craft a song. People sometimes ask, how would you describe your music, what style is it or what audience are you trying to target? To be truthful, those thoughts never enter my mind. I don’t try to analyze my music or question it. I’m just grateful that the Lord provides these thoughts and ideas and makes them accesible to me. I write what I feel in my heart and what I hear in my head. That’s it! Simply said, “It is what it is!”.

I truly hope you enjoy listening to these compostions as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.

Mahalo ~~ John

I dedicate this CD in memory of my good buddy and life long friend, Wayne “Dobo” Francisco.

 

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Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Lessons - Keawe Style - 2008

Learn to Play Slack-Key

Learn to Play:

• Radio Hula
• Keiki Slack Key
• Waikahe
• Hawaii's Hope
• D6 Tuning & B flat tuning
• Extra performance of "Gutara"

Again, in John's relaxed manner, he shares slack key pieces in a variety of tunings. Arrangements of both traditional as well as John's originals are broken down " KEAWE STYLE" -- to simplify the art and beauty of Hawaiian Slack key guitar.

 

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Beautiful Hula Dancer - 2006

Beautiful Hula Dancer

To listen to a sound clip, click on the following the song tiles below.

1. Hawaii's Hope
2. Beautiful Hula Dancer (Lyrics)
3. Hana Pipi
4. Gentle Spirit
5. Before Days
6. Noho Me I`au (Lyrics)
7. Nu`uanu Slack Key
8. `Aina Hanau
9. Ho`omana`o
10. Moloka`i Longing (Lyrics)
11. Going Places
12. Slack Key 101
13. Gone Fishing
14. As Long As (Lyrics)
15. Gimme Some Slack
16. Aloha Pueo

Read the Reviews

The simple beauty of the open strings is what attracted me to Hawaiian slack-key guitar. The slackened bass strings resonating as the melody is played on the higher strings - Sooo sweet!! Slack-key has the capability to transport you to places in your heart and mind - places that are sometimes familiar or somewhere you have never been before.

Hawaiian slack-key is truly an integral part of Hawaii's cultural history. It is a language within itself, it touches you, it certainly “speaks” to you - you just have to listen with your heart.

The compositions are comprised of 12 instrumentals and 4 vocals (lyrics). They are all originals except for two songs which were co-written. Inspirations for these songs came from a variety of avenues:

*from experimenting with different tunings
*people and places
*from the past
*of love and longing
*and some are purely for the enjoyment and fun of playing slack-key!

With Aloha ~ John

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Learn to Play Ki Ho 'Alu - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar - 2005

Learn to Play Slack-Key

Learn to Play:

• Mama's Music Box
• Miles From Home
• Auhele
• Auntie's Rose Garden
• Mana 'olana

John Keawe's Instructional Slack-Key DVD: Watch, listen and play along to 5 original songs by John Keawe. In his relaxed way, John plays each song through, then breaks in down into sections which allows you to learn at your own pace.

Here is what some students have said about his instructional DVD.

"I've been a student of Slack Key Guitar for a couple of years now. I've seen every instructional Slack Key Tape/DVD available. John I can say with all honesty your DVD is by far the best out there. I found the instruction very easy to follow and your teaching method is very inspiring and not intimidating at all. Beginning through advanced players will find this DVD a valuable tool and great resource for learning your beautiful Ki Ho 'Alu. Mahalo Nui for sharing your music through this wonderful Instructional DVD."

Greg Phillips
Oceanside CA

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John Keawe "Music With The Island Touch" DVD - 2004

Music With the Island Touch

John Keawe "Music With The Island Touch" is John's first DVD release.  This insightful documentary brillantly captures the essence of a gifted Master of Kiho`alu (Slack-Key).  The story includes live performances and personal interviews from this Slack-Key Great.  It also features John's beautiful wife, Hope, and her signature hula and incorporates amazing imagery from the Big Island, Maui and Oahu.

$21.50 per DVD includes shipping for Hawaii & US Mainland orders. Order now through Homestead Productions.

Keaweualani - 2003

Keaweualani

1. Wai Ulu
2 . Aunty's Rose Garden
3 . Hanaipoe
4 . Tahitian Flavor
5 . Na Pua Lei`ilima
6 . Hilina`i
7 . Pacific Journey
8 . Juan & Keoni
9 . I'll Remember You
10. Miles From Home
11. Ohiki
12. Hi`ilawe
13. Ku`u Lei Awapuhi
14. Aunty's Rose Garden (solo version)

Keaweualani is the name carried by my ancestors. My great grandfather, Joseph Keaweualani had ten children, one of which was my grandfather also named Joseph Keaweualani. Somewhere along the way, he dropped the “ualani” and so it has been Keawe ever since. I chose to entitle this CD “Keaweualani” because I want to bring my ohana from the past into the forefront. Traditions are passed on directly in the living world and sometimes indirectly through the spiritual world. I often feel the presence of my ancestors in my music and my daily life.

This year has been filled with both wonderful expierences and challenging situations. In the few months of working on this project, many things happened. Going to the studio served as a quiet sanctuary where I could “focus” on the music.....

The songs are varied... some reflective, others revealing and a few are just fun!! May you find an element of yourself in these selections.

Reviews:

"The Hoku Award-winner has never been one to court mainstream acclaim but the consistent high quality of his work here reaffirms his stature as a musician and songwriter."

~ John Berger

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"I've said it before, and I see no reason to change my opinion - John Keawe, despite being a Hoku award winner, is one of the most underrated musicians in the state.  This new CD from the North Kohala slack key artist is his best yet."

~ John Burnett

Hawaii Island Journal

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Aloha Kaikua`ana - 2002

Aloha Kaikuaana

Initially, this recording was going to consist of solo guitar. But, while in the studio, I heard some other guitar parts that could possibly enhance some of the songs. So I experimented with different tunings (but still playing in the same key) which added subtle changes to the texture of some of the selections. Some of the songs are traditional slack-key and others are my own creations.

We treasure what we learn from those who have come before us. We grasp what we can from them and incorporate that knowledge into our own endeavors. This in turn produces new techniques, new voicings and new creations... which I humbly share with you.
Aloha piha--- John

Dedicated to my brother Steve, Thank you for your love for living. And your easy going manner the many times we laughed till we cried! I miss that, I miss you.

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Heartfelt - 1999

John Keawe Heartfelt

Through the years I have had many suggestions by people on what to record. Some say "this kind" of music-others say "that kind" of music. While they all mean well, I have to look carefully into my own heart and listen to what it's telling me. My songs are gifts from a greater source and what better gift can I give back than to share this music with other people. Music is a wonderful form of expression. It captures ones most intimate thoughts and emotions, and truely reveals what dwells in your heart.

With Heartfelt Aloha,

To my mom, Edith Keawe, who has journeyed to an eternal life.....to be my guardian angel.

You were always there for me I'd just call and there you'd be in your special way - you always made things right. you taught me how to live each day 'How to love and how to pray, how to forgive -- you made me understand.

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Christmas Is - 1996

Slack key Christmas music

John's Holiday album includes:

1. Greensleves-3:44
2. Christmas Is-- 4:10
3. Away In The Manger- 3:04
4. Hi'olani- Keiki O Hawaii 4:20
5. Little Drummer Boy- 3:12
6 . My Little Boy- 3:53
7. We three Kings- 3:00
8. Slack Key Heaven- 4:41
9. The First Noel- 2:38
10. In Gods Hands- 4:37
11. Silent Night- 3:37
12. Santa's Coming Over the Rainbow- 3:1

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Mana`olana - 1996

Manaolana

Dedicated to my best friend, My wife, Hope
I thank the Lord for granting me the opportunity to create and share my music. Mahalo to my ohana, both near and far for you loyal support and aloha. To Charles Recaido for his perceptiveness, advice and friendship. Harry Wishard for capturing my thoughts and feelings in his art. And Kim Sweeney for putting it all together.

To all the friendships (old and new) that have blossomed through the sharing of music-

I LOVE YOU MAN !!

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Auhele - 1994

John Keawe Auhele

Through the years, various slack key techniques and styles have been developed. The ideas and influences that inspire us to create come from a variety of sources. But the simplicity and the magic that transpires between the slack key player and the guitar can only come from within. I thank the Lord for his guidance. Mahalo to my parents for their help, encouragement and love: my three sons for their inspiration; my wife Hope, for helping me to believe in my self.

Special thanks to the family of the late Tommy Solomon of Kohala for turning me on to Uncle Tommy's recording of Old Timers Hula, recorded in 1946. Also for the use of his old Martin guitar, which I used to record my rendition of Old Timers Hula.

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Ho`onanea - 1993
1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner for Best Instrumental Album

Hoonanea

Ho'onanea - "To pass the time in ease' peace and pleasure' to relax' absorbed, contented."

In this hectic, fast-paced world in which we live, we need to take time to reflect and absorb the everyday occurrences in our lives. Music unleashes many emotions. it is my hope that these instrumentals will provide a peaceful medium for you to relax your mind, examine your heart, nurture your soul and rekindle your spirit.

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John Keawe

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