Originally Published: March 20, 2009 9:59 p.m.
Recently hitting the mainland with their Hawaiian Treasures Celebration Tour, three Grammy Award winners will perform at the Elks Opera House, Sunday, March 29.
George Kahumoku Jr., considered by many as a master of slack key guitar, won the Grammy for "Best Hawaiian Music Album" three straight years with live shows he recorded in Maui.
His release from last year, "Treasures of The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar," features the other two performers on this tour.
Richard Ho'opi'i has earned acclaim in the art form of Hawaiian falsetto, receiving the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship and success with his brother Sol performing as The Ho'opi'i Brothers.
Working more than 40 years as a professional musician, Dennis Kamakahi has written many Hawaiian standards among his more than 400 compositions like "Wahine Ilikea," "Pua Hone," "Koke'e" and "Golden Stallion."
Kamakahi replaced the late Gabby Pahinui in the acclaimed band Sons of Hawaii at the age of 19 in 1974, which continued for 21 years, and recorded the theme song to "Lilo & Stitch II" with his son in 2003, along with releasing "Lilo & Stitch - Island Favorites."
All three performers will play solo sets with some accompaniment and hula, culminating with a finale performance together in the two-and-a-half hour program.
The performers are scheduled for additional dates through April in Carnegie Hall, Kamfest in British Columbia, and The Cedar Theatre.
"Treasures of Hawaiian Music" starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available in the lobby of the Elks Opera House or through www.elksoperahouse.org.