THURSDAY- HKCC HOLIDAY BENEFIT WITH OWANA SALAZAR!
About Owana Salazar
At the start of her public career, Salazar performed with Hawaiian headliners such as Don Ho, Ohta-San, Ed Kenney and Charles K.L. Davis. It was at U.H. that she learned Kihoʻalu (slack key guitar). She was introduced to the world of Kihoʻalu by friend Nelson Hiu. Combining music theory with her repertoire of Hawaiian songs and slack key, Salazar developed her playing skills with help from her professors and other fellow musicians such as George Kuo, Bla Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, George Kahumoku Jr. and Sonny Chillingworth. Other musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, Stevie Wonder, Genoa Keawe, Gabby Pahinui, Lena Machado Marvin Gaye, Debussy, Ravel, Bach, Rachmaninov.
“Owana and Ka’ipo IN KONA” (1986), Nominated: Most Promising Artist of the Year.Owana (1987), Nominated: Female Vocalist of the Year; Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year.Wahine Slack n’ Steel (2003), Winner: Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year. Nominated: Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year.Hula Jazz (2005), Winner: Jazz Album of the Year; Nominated: Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year; Song of the YearHawaiian Slack Key Masters: Volume III, Winner: Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music AlbumHawaiian Slack Key Masters: Volume IV, Winner: Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album