Six-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, composer and producer Daniel Ho returns to Kauai tonight for a performance benefiting Island School.
The last time the Honolulu native treated the island to a night of his original Hawaiian music was in 2007.
“Definitely, it’s been awhile,” Ho said. “It’s one of the most beautiful islands, and I’m really happy to get a chance to get out there to perform again after quite a long time.”
The concert, part of a two-date “Magical Island Style Music” tour, begins at 7 p.m. at Island School. It will be an intimate performance featuring a full repertoire of original songs, according to a release.
“I’m going to play a little ukulele, slack key guitar and sing,” Ho said. “I’m not sure if there’s a piano at the venue or not, but if there is, I do that, too.”
Earlier in the day, Ho will host a private ukulele workshop with students in grades 6-12, which will support Island School’s annual “Arts Day” event.
“We’re just trying to encourage kids to get interested in music,” he said. “I just try to keep it fun. Nothing serious.”
From his simple beginnings in Honolulu to his life amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Ho has worked over the years as a musician, producer, singer, songwriter, arranger, composer, engineer and record company owner, according to his biography.
The most compelling of these roles has been as a six-time GRAMMY Award winning producer, featured slack key guitarist and artist in the “Best Hawaiian Music Album,” “Best Pop Instrumental Album,” and “Best World Music Album” categories.
His musical inclinations were apparent at an early age, and his passion for music led him to study composing, arranging and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles.
He has shared his music as a soloist throughout the U.S, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe and Australia. He has served as a cultural ambassador for U.S. Embassies; been featured with the Honolulu Symphony; performed as a keyboardist and guitarist for Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Peabo Bryson; guest-lectured at Stanford University and Todai University; authored nine music books and toured as a clinician/advocate for Yamaha Guitars and Koaloha Ukulele, according to his biography.
Tonight’s concert will include a raffle for a Koaloha Ukulele, valued at $900.
“We just really want to encourage people to come out to the show,” Ho said. “It will be fun.”
Tickets cost $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Kauai Music & Sound, in Kapaa, as well as in Lihue at Mac Made Easy and Island School.
For more information about the artist, visit www.danielho.located at 1875 Kaumualii Highway, and can be reached by phone at 246-0233.