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Help The Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series make 2 films about Jeff Peterson & Kawika Kahiapo. Tell the story so the story lives on!
Help The Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series make 2 films about Jeff Peterson & Kawika Kahiapo. Tell the story so the story lives on!
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INTRODUCTION
Makai Studios, George Kahumoku Jr. and The Slack Key Show are proud to announce the continuation of the acclaimed “Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series” with the creation of two new films in 2016.

Aloha, my name is David Barry.  I am the director of The Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series whose films include the documentaries Seeds Of Aloha, Richard Ho’opi’i The Timeless Voice, Dennis Kamakahi The Legend of Grey Wolf, Martin Pahinui The Golden Voice and Brother Noland 'Auana.  Continuing our desire to document the lives and musical careers of the master’s of Hawaiian music, it is our goal to create two new films from the unique perspective of the artists themselves. George and I both feel that these stories are an important step in carrying Hawaiian music and culture forward to future generations. These films can be a bridge to the past for tomorrow's children of Hawaii.

Building upon our success in 2014 and 2015, George and I want to ask you to support us in making two more films about Kawika Kahiapo and Jeff Peterson.  To make these films we need to raise $51,000.  These films will target PBS broadcasting, educational use, online distribution, and traditional DVD releases.

The films will each explore one individual musician: to document their biography, their musical career, and their influence in both Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian community. George Kahumoku Jr. will serve as the host for each film, introducing each film's subject. Interviews with the featured artist and others will then tell the story. 


Why $51,000?  Well let me tell you.  Since the series inception we have successfully crowd-funded 4 films and along the way we have  built relationships with individuals and companies that wish to match the funds we can raise through Kickstarter.  This means that we can do more than we ever have before!  Our budget for 2016 includes adding our entire film series to Netflix and increasing our production quality by filming and editing the films in 4K.  If we can raise $51,000 with you guys here on Kickstarter, then we have additional backing that will add to what we raise here  to get us to our larger goal!  

The films will be created at no cost to the artist, but will instead be funded by you right here on Kickstarter. This method was used successfully to fund George Kahumoku Jr.’s documentary “Seeds Of Aloha” as well as our previous four Masters of Hawaiian Music Series films.

THE STORY:

Kawika Kahiapo and Jeff Peterson
Kawika Kahiapo and Jeff Peterson

Kawika Kahiapo
Kawika Kahiapo started playing music professionally when he was just 17 years old. Since those early beginnings, he has been on 86 recordings, won numerous Hoku Awards, and his list of accolades keeps growing. 

Kawika Kahiapo
Kawika Kahiapo

Like George, Kawika is also a steward of the aina, putting action behind his words as he sets an example in caring for our land here in Hawaii. Always present in his community, he is on the board of directors for Sustain Hawaii, The Kokua Hawaii Foundation, and the North Shore Community Land Trust. 

Kawika Kahiapo
Kawika Kahiapo

Serving Ke Akua and others are a priority, and is reflected in Kawika's lifestyle and music. "Love for the islands, it's people, `ohana, and Ke Akua (God), are what inspires him, while staying committed to perpetuating Hawaiian music, the culture, and the the art of ki ho`alu".


For his unmistakable voice, and nahenahe slack key playing that carries the traditions of slack key forward, Kawika is a true Master of Hawaiian Music.

Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson

 Born on the Island of Maui, Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, on the Haleakala Ranch.

Jeff Peterson Performing
Jeff Peterson Performing

Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today, and he has grown to be recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile guitarists. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and his deep knowledge of multiple open tunings has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of solo artists, groups, and orchestras that include Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, The Honolulu Symphony, Dennis Kamakahi and many others.

Jeff Peterson touring Africa
Jeff Peterson touring Africa

With his music he has traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Australia, and across the US. Everywhere he goes he brings his aloha, and when he leaves he carries with him the musical influences he has discovered along the way.   Jeff is also a regular instructor at George Kahumoku’s yearly workshop, and is eager to share his knowledge of ki ho'alu guitar.

WHY WE NEED TO RAISE FUNDS:

To tell these stories we need to visit many locations to bring to life where these artists live and created music.  Principal photography for these films will take place on Maui and Oahu as we film our artists and catch up with some of their contemporaries for additional insight. Through visiting some of these places with these artists, as a fly on the wall, we will get their unique perspective and put an image to the music.

We estimate principal photography will take 14 days on each film and the filming will be spread out to best match each artist's busy schedule.

Once the filming is done we will do the editing in our own studio, but the editing process will be lengthy.  From our past experiences we know that it will take 60 days of editing on each film. Once the films are edited, a final color enhancement and audio enhancement session will need to be done in a finishing facility to make the film ready for broadcast and film festivals.

GET INVOLVED! 
With this in mind, our goal is to raise $51,000 here on Kickstarter so we can tell both stories with feature length documentaries that we plan on submitting to PBS, and to Hawaiian networks, as well as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.  We need your help. We are asking you to please be a part of preserving the legacy of the Masters of Hawaiian music by financially backing our campaign.

By contributing you help share the values that these musicians and Uncle George have displayed to all of us, through the telling of these important stories which can inspire future generations with the knowledge of where their music and culture came from.

autographed instruments
autographed instruments


We have great incentives and rewards for anyone that can give to our campaign, and if you want to get involved but do not have the money, then please help out by SPREADING THE WORD.  By working together we will be able to tell the stories of Kawika Kahiapo and Jeff Peterson in continuation of the Master’s of Hawaiian Music film series. Uncle George has taught me that the Hawaiian term for this is Laulima, many hands working together, and together we can achieve great things!

autographed dvds
autographed dvds
jeff peterson sheet music
jeff peterson sheet music

Don't pass up this opportunity to be a part of this exciting film series hosted by George Kahumoku Jr. as these films will be the source of information about Hawaii’s rich history of music for generations to come, and one of the best ways to ensure that the legacy of Hawaiian music lives on. Mahalo nui for your time and support! 

Risks and challenges

The challenges in creating a film of historic and cultural value are found in placing the subjects of the film in the environment that re creates the subject or topic. We will achieve this by traveling to the places that inspired Jeff and Kawika.

Another challenge in film making is creating a budget that you can work within. We overcome this challenge through years of experience in film and television production and raising enough money to not just shoot a film, but to finish each film through to distribution.

A final challenge is in the fulfillment. We have found that our projects are backed by people all over the world, and the mailing out of DVDs becomes a large job. We have made this simpler by mailing our incentives out directly from the disc manufacturer, saving time and money.

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    If you can support us with $25 we will give you a special thanks shout out in the credits of our films, and we will e-mail you private links to view the films online when they are done.

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    The Masters of Hawaiian Music Collection!
    If you can back us with $150 we will send you DVD copies of our entire series to date. George Kahumoku Jr.'s Seeds of Aloha, Richard Ho'opi'i The Timeless Voice, Dennis Kamakahi The Legend of Grey Wolf, Brother Noland 'Auana and Martin Pahinui The Golden Voice PLUS the new films on Jeff Peterson and Kawika Kahiapo, thats SEVEN films in total!

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    If you can back us with $175 then we will reserve two VIP Slack Key Show tickets for you that give you FRONT ROW SEATING! These tickets must be used in 2016 or 2017.

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    Movies and music!
    If you can back us with $200 we will send you copies of both films, a copy of the 2016 Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series poster autographed by our artists and host, and we will send you 40 Slack Key Guitar or Ukulele tablature/sheet music transcriptions PDFs from a list of over 100 that you can choose from Jeff Peterson's personal library of music! WOW!

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    Movies and art!
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    Artwork from George's upcoming book!
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    ARTISTS SPECIAL!
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    A custom song dedication by George Kahumoku Jr!
    If you can back us with $500 we will have George Kahumoku Jr. play a song of your choice as a dedication to someone. He will say this if from you to the person of your choice, and play the song of your choice! We will film it and give you a DVD copy of it, and also put it on youtube for you to share with your loved one, friends and family.

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    A custom song dedication by Kawika Kahiapo!
    If you can back us with $500 we will have Kawika Kahiapo. play a song of your choice as a dedication to someone. He will say this if from you to the person of your choice, and play the song of your choice! We will film it and give you a DVD copy of it, and also put it on youtube for you to share with your loved one, friends and family.

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    ARTISTS SPECIAL WITH THE ENTIRE SERIES!
    If you can back us with $600, then we will send you signed art prints of artwork by Kawika Kahiapo and George Kahumoku Jr., we will also send you the 2016 series poster signed by Kawika, Jeff and George, and we will include the entire Masters of Hawaiian Film Series DVD collection plus the two films we do this year. That's 7 DVDs total, plus all the art!

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    Make a cameo in Kawika Kahaipo's movie!
    If you can support us with $1000 you can be in Kawika Kahiapo's movie! We will film you either playing music with or listening to Kawika Kahiapo play. (Your travel to Hawaii is not included). We will even give you a personal DVD of your footage with Kawika, and we will give you a producers credit in the films. Oh, and we will also send you a copy of each film and a 2016 series poster autographed by our host and the artists.

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    Visit the farm!
    If you can support us with $1000 then we would like to invite you to the famous George Kahumoku Jr. farm, where you will enjoy a personal tour of the farm by George Kahumoku Jr. and a breakfast cooked for you by George himself. (Your travel to Maui is not included, and farm visit is subject to Uncle George's schedule). Its an experience not to be missed! We will also give you autographed copies of both films and an autographed 2016 series poster!

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    Make a cameo in Jeff Peterson's movie!
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    Everyone loves the Ukulele
    And you can have an autographed one too.. if you can support us with $1500, then we will have Jeff Peterson, Kawika Kahiapo and George Kahumoku Jr. all sign a Kohala concert ukulele for you. We will also send you signed copies of the films and the 2016 series poster.

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    Pepe Romero Custom Tiny Tenor Ukulele!
    If you can back us with $2000 we will have George Kahumoku Jr., Jeff Peterson and Kawika Kahiapo all sign an equally stunning looking and playing Pepe Romero Tiny Tenor Ukulele!

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    Do you want a Martin guitar?
    If you can support us with $2500 we will round up Jeff Peterson, Kawika Kahiapo and George Kahumoku Jr and have them all sign a Martin DXK2AE Dreadnought Acoustic Electric guitar for you! We will also send you autographed DVD copies of the films, an autographed 2016 series poster, and we will give you a producers credit in the films.

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    Your own personal Jeff Peterson concert!
    If you can contribute $3000 you can have Jeff Peterson play for you at a location you provide anywhere here in Hawaii (your travel to Hawaii is not included, and scheduling is based on Jeff's availability). We will also give you a producers credit in the films, autographed copies of the films on DVD and an autographed 2016 series poster.

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    Your own personal Kawika Kahiapo concert!
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    A dream concert!
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    The Really Big One!
    Imagine your name and George Kahumoku Jr. Present The Masters of Hawaiian Music Film Series" as the very first credit at the top of the film! Well if you can contribute $10,000 we will give you that credit because you personally made it happen! We will also give you the signed DVDs, signed series artwork and a signed guitar. We will also include a George Kahumoku Jr. private concert anywhere in Hawaii (your travel to Hawaii is not included, and concert is subject to George Kahumoku Jrs's schedule).

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