Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira
Born and raised on Kaua`i, Lady Ipo grew up in a household and community where generations of family members sang, played various instruments (including the ‘ukulele), and danced hula in a typical backyard kanikapila. Some of you may have seen her impromptu appearance on opening night at last year’s retreat and already know what a valuable addition she will be to the staff of the 2017 Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat, October 15 – 21, in Hawi on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Lady Ipo came of age at a time when the easiest and most available job for high school graduates on Kauai was singing and playing ukulele at the Wailua River Fern Grotto during the day and for luaus at the various hotels at night. For many years she danced hula, shared stories of the islands, poured mai tais, emceed shows, and sewed leis. And thus began a career as a performer, recording artist, and teacher that has lasted 45 years!
And she’s not done yet!
Lady Ipo will be joining us at the Kohala Village Hub this year to teach Mele Pana (songs of the Hawaiian Islands) and Hula, bringing the lyrics to life through dance. But, she’ll also be mixing it up a little bit and will be teaching a few Hapa Haole Classics (with a little swing thrown in for good measure) and a couple of “Hawaiian” tunes made famous by Elvis when he was on Kauai filming “Blue Hawai’i.
Hawaiian music done traditionally or with a little swing, songs of old (and new) Hawaii, hula that tells the story in the song. . . . .these are the stylings of Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira and this is just a small bit of what she will be sharing with us at the retreat.
Lady Ipo rounds out an already stellar staff with: Gerald Ross (lap steel and ‘ukulele), Kevin Carroll (‘ukulele and uke-stration), Brad Bordessa (‘ukulele), Kaliko Beamer (‘ukulele, stories, Hawaiian pronunciation, and rhythm), and KonaBob (stick bass and steel guitar).
And! We still have a few rooms left at the Kohala Village Inn, if you’d like to join us! There really is no better place to learn to play the ‘ukulele than Hawai’i!