If you’ve attended the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival in the past, you have undoubtedly been graced with Liko Puha’s memorable opening chant, written especially for us here in the Napa Valley. It is a memorable beginning to a day that is usually filled with miracles, both small and large and we believe we have Liko to thank for all of them. Liko comes to us by way of Hilo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies. He has been learning, teaching, and performing oli (Hawaiian chant) for more than 20 years and has performed at many major events on the Big Island, including the Merrie Monarch Competition. He has taught at Keoki Kahumoku’s Hawaiian Lifestyle Workshops, Keola Beamer’s Aloha Music Camps, and is one of the key instructors at the E Ho’omau ‘Ukulele Workshop and Retreat held in Sonoma County each year. With a true Hawaiian heart, Liko is an engaging storyteller and instructor of hula and is extremely knowledgeable about the mele (songs), culture, and language of Hawai‘i. We are so very fortunate to have this wonderful resource and magnificent human being living just over the hill in Santa Rosa and able to join us again at this year’s festival as a mentor and instructor.
HAWAIIAN STRUMMING PATTERNS with Liko Puha
What gives Hawaiian music that distinct Hawaiian sound? It’s usually in the strum. And if you’re just starting out, there’s no better way to get your right hand in gear than to get it wrapped around a few simple strums from the islands…..and Liko Puha is just the fellow to show you how. (Level 2)