With a “Tiki” Waikīkī’ vibe, Slack Key 'Ohana blends beautiful Hawaiian melodies with Beach Boys / Elvis Presley style harmonies, using old school recording techniques, to craft their signature sound. Comprised of Brian Witkin & Kamaka Mullen, Slack Key ʻOhana is a Kaleponi (California) based guitar duo with an expansive roster of guest musicians augmenting their sound, in both studio and live performances.
Integrating traditional Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with a contemporary sound? It’s a winning combination that has seen the duo quickly become favorites amongst club goers and festival attendees alike.
Backed by acclaimed accompanying musicians, including Joe Witkin (Sha Na Na / Woodstock) on keyboards, Carol Witkin (The Corvettes / Legends) on ukulele and Rand Anderson (Tom Curren Band) on pedal steel, as well as hula dancers including Alyssa Godoy (Miss PIFA 2021-22), a Slack Key 'Ohana show is a unique and fun experience. The pair’s mix of hook-filled originals and select classics will instantly transport an audience to a warm sandy beach, wherever the actual performance may be taking place.
Meanwhile, Slack Key ‘Ohana’s self-titled album released by Pacific Records recently debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts, scoring airplay and great reviews around the world in the process.
Notably, the band was nominated for two 2022 San Diego Music Awards, “Best New Artist” and “Best World Music Album” with Slack Key 'Ohana performing at the televised awards show and winning the World Music Album category.
The band recently performed and the 2022 Pacific Islander Festival, the largest islander festival on the mainland, and opened for Jo Koy in the Stella Artois Lounge at the Pechanga Arena.
It's an impressive start for Slack Key 'Ohana, but they’re still just ramping things up. Plans are already underway for the follow up to their award-winning debut and festival dates, with the hope of growing their audience and the additional aim of expanding traditional Hawaiian music into the American mainstream.
So, button up your favorite Hawaiian shirt, pour yourself a Mai Tai, sit back and relax as Slack Key 'Ohana’s island sounds take you away on a cool Pacific Ocean breeze.