HONOLULU - Multi-Grammy award winner George Kahumoku Jr. of Kahakuloa was honored with the Moe Keale "Aloha Is" Award for community service during Sunday's Na Hoku Hanohano awards ceremony at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
Kahumoku received $1,000 and a Kamaka ukulele for his support of individuals and entities ranging from dropout students and Maui Community Correctional Center inmates cultivating taro in Waiehu to work with Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.
"I was really surprised," said the slack key guitar artist, who's busy preparing for mid-June shows and workshops. "That's the first prize or trophy I can actually use; it's not only collecting dust on the wall.
George Kahumoku Jr. was presented the Moe Keale “Aloha Is” Award for community service during Sunday’s Na Hoku Hanohano awards ceremony.
"I was really honored that the Keale family honored my kokua deeds. Normally I don't think anything of it," said Kahumoku.
With son Keoki Kahumoku, the musician will headline Father's Day performances at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, and he will continue teaching with his 13th annual slack key/ukulele camp starting June 20.