About George Kahumoku, Jr.
Call him Hawaii's renaissance man; everyone else does. George Kahumoku is nothing short of amazing -- he's a champion pork producer, a lauded sculptor, educator of Hawaii's most troubled kids and a top slack-key guitarist to boot. Born in South Kona on Hawaii's Big Island, Kahumoku spent much of his youth on Oahu attending Kamehameha School. His obvious aptitude for drawing earned him scholarships to Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and he later earned a bachelor's degree from California's College of Arts and Crafts. But perhaps the most fateful day of his life came at age 10, when he got his first guitar. By his own admission, he became so obsessed with it that he played until his fingers hurt, and by age 12 he was playing with Kui Lee. Over the years, he has performed for heads of state and released countless albums, frequently funding his farming with revenues from his live shows and album sales. In 2007, Kahumoku won a Grammy for his work on the compilation Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -- Live From Maui.