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Slack Key 'Ohana

In the afternoon of August 3, 2022, Slack Key ‘Ohana performed an hour fifteen-minute set at Tiki Oasis, self-described as “the largest and longest-running festival in the world for lovers of Island lifestyle and purveyors of Polynesian Pop”. This annual San Diego event was hosted at the Town and Country Convention Center from August 3-7, drawing

In the afternoon of August 3, 2022, Slack Key ‘Ohana performed an hour fifteen-minute set at Tiki Oasis, self-described as “the largest and longest-running festival in the world for lovers of Island lifestyle and purveyors of Polynesian Pop”. This annual San Diego event was hosted at the Town and Country Convention Center from August 3-7, drawing thousands to celebrate Island music and culture. Routinely, the band records its shows. Listening back, the sound and vibe for this show were so exciting that they had to be shared!

Slack Key ‘Ohana, consisting of Brian Witkin and Kamaka Mullen, were joined onstage by their full band, including Carol Witkin on ukulele, Joe Witkin (Sha Na Na, performed at Woodstock 1969) on keys, and Rand Anderson (Tom Curren Band) on pedal steel. Joe and Carol are the parents of founding member Brian Witkin, making the band literally “Ohana” (family). Hula dancers also joined the performance, including Alana Godoy, recent Miss Pacific Islander of San Diego, with her sister Alyssa Godoy.

The 17-song album contains the entire show in the order it was performed live. “Talking Story” is an important part of a Slack Key ‘Ohana show – the meaning of the song and its place in Hawaiian culture and history is explained. The CD and vinyl versions of the album will contain these between-song segments, designated “Stage Announcements” in deference to the use of that term for spoken segments on the original Woodstock ’69 album. The “Stage Announcements” are included as separate tracks, so that listeners can choose to play in sequence and be fully immersed in the live experience or create a playlist of just the music.

The album artwork was created by Natasha Gemine, a Hawaii based artist inspired by the recent eruption of Mauna Loa, which she can see from the back porch of her home.

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You can also listen to the Slack Key 'Ohana album on your favorite streaming platform by clicking on one of the logos below.

Slack Key 'Ohana

Slack Key 'Ohana

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Slack Key 'Ohana's new album which debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts and won "Best World Music Album" at the 2022 San Diego Music Awards. Notable Disney Animator and Tiki Artist Tom "Thor" Thordarson illustrated the album cover.

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The song is our interpretation of the traditional hula song written about a ranch in Maui by John P. Watkins.

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