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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kealia Press (December 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970443404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970443403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Kahumoku, Jr. was raised in the old ways, with a large family. He worked the land and the sea and grew up with the music of his people. By the time he was 12 years of age, he was playing professionally with the legendary and influential Kui Lee ("I'll Remember you" , "Lahainaluna", etc.). After graduating from the Kamehameha Schools in 1969, he went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts. Not only has he achieved recognition and accolades for his music (Hoku awards in 1979 and 2000), and his art ( sculpture, etc.), but also for his skills and experience with the land, with several state-wide and national awards for farming. In 1993 he graduated from the Hawai'i State Agricultural Leadership Program. George is a community leader as well, working with children in native language studies, farming, and other programs, and teaches the Special Motivation Program at Lahainaluna High School. Auntie Nona Beamer has dubbed George "Hawai'i's Renaissance Man", because he is one ofthe few who still knows the old ways -- farming, fishing and herbs -- and can survive on the land, and yet gets up every morning and works the internet, fielding international requests for his CDs and performances.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ozzie Kotani on March 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have always been an avid reader and credit that as the source of my strength in communicating ideas and concepts when I teach. "A Hawaiian Life" proved to be a most enjoyable reading experience for me - and not because of the inclusion of pidgin english which I am so familiar with - but more so because of the stories told. George Kahumoku Jr. has lived, as is living, an incredibly full life and Paul Konwiser has been able to capture, through first person narrative, some of the exceptional and wonderful experiences of George. The stories are a window into a lifestyle and are sprinkled with insights into the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diversity that is unique to Hawaii. That alone, though, is not the allure or appeal of this biography. George has had EXTRAORDINARY experiences few, if any, of us will have. Each chapter is subtitled and "Almost Dead at Six Weeks Old" and "A Shark Attacks" may give you an idea of what I mean. Often humurous, at times touching and wonderfully illustrated by George, this book did what I want books to do - entertain and captivate me. Buy it today and ENJOY! I'll be waiting for more stories from Paul and George!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
"A Hawaiian Life" is a collection of stories from the daily experiences of a contemporary Hawaiian man, George Kahumoku Jr., a master slack key guitar player who has entertained all over the world. The stories are funny and unpretentious, such as an ahi (tuna) fishing disaster; teaching his son to be an entertainer; and adjusting (or not) to life in an elegant resort hotel. The book gives a generous view of a Hawai'i most people never get to see. Illustrated by the author, these allegorical tales are layered with meanings, often spiritual, and they resonate for a long time after being read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rich on April 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
The only bad thing about "A Hawaiian Life" is that it's over so quick. I could have read another 1000 pages of Mr. Hakumoku's story. For any Hawaiian at heart who longs for sitting down with a true Hawaiian and talking story, this is as good as it gets. A picture window into a lifestyle so far from what some of us are living today. Sit back with inu, kick off da kine slippas and escape brah. Feel Hawaiian for a while. Mahalo nui loa George!!
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By RickR on May 18, 2014
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and quick.
The bit about cancer with traditional and contemporary healing working together (maybe) along with his other vignettes was great.
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