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Teen Slack Key guitar virtuoso featured at public libraries


danny-carvalho-croppedDanny Carvalho, a 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee, will be the featured artist for this year’s HSPLS Teen Summer Reading Program at 16 selected public libraries statewide from June 20 – July 14.  Admission is free.    

Carvalho, an 18-year-old slack key guitar virtuoso, was nominated for his CD “Somewhere” in the “Slack Key Album of the Year” category.  Carvalho, who began playing guitar at the age of nine, is a student of Ozzie Kotani, slack key master and teacher.

He will perform and discuss the music of the following artists who have influenced his journey in Kiho`alu (slack key): Raymond Kane, Ledward Ka`apana, Sonny Chillingworth, “Atta” Isaacs, Gabby Pahinui, and Kotani. This 45-minute program is recommended for ages 11 and older.

See Danny Carvalho perform “A Demonstration of Kiho`alu” at the following public libraries:

June 20, 3 p.m. at Kailua (239 Kuulei Rd.; telephone: 266-9911)
June 21, 1 p.m. at Kaimuki (1041 Koko Head Ave.; 733-8422)
June 27, 1:30 p.m. at McCully-Moiliili (2211 South King St.; 973-1099)
June 28, 2:30 p.m. at Kaneohe (45-829 Kamehameha Hwy.; 233-5676)
une 29, 6:30 p.m. at Mililani (95-450 Makaimoimo St.; 627-7470)
July 1, 5 p.m. at Waianae (85-625 Farrington Hwy.; 697-7868)
July 8, 6:30 p.m. at Kapolei (1020 Manawai St.; 693-7050)
July 9, 6 p.m. at Aiea (99-143 Moanalua Rd., 483-7333)
July 14, 5:30 p.m. at Salt Lake-Moanalua (3225 Salt Lake Blvd.; 831-6831)

June 24, 2 p.m. at Princeville (826-4310)
June 24, 6 p.m. at Waimea (338-6848)

Maui & Molokai:
June 30, 10 a.m. at Molokai (553-1765)
July 2, noon at Lahaina (662-3950)
July 2, 6 p.m. at Wailuku (243-5766)

July 11, 11 a.m. at Thelma Parker Memorial (887-6067)
July 11, 3 p.m. at Hilo (933-8888

This special library performance tour by Carvalho is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, National Football League Charities, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Hawaiian Telcom, Junior League of Honolulu, UH-Manoa Outreach College, and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Contact the hosting library prior to the performance date if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed: on Oahu, two weeks in advance; on Neighbor Islands, three weeks in advance.

In addition, public libraries statewide are hosting a variety of performers and programs.  Visit for a complete list of programs and performers, or call your local library to find out their programs.

“Reading Rocks @ your library” is the theme of the 2009 HSPLS Teen Summer Reading Program.  The program will feature books about rock and roll music, rock bands, geology and gemology, rock climbing, and even “rocking the boat” for environmental protection and by taking a stand to make your voice heard.

Students entering grade 7 this fall through 2009 high school graduates who register for the program, visit their local library weekly, and read at least one book per week, will receive complimentary reading incentives from sponsors Hawaii Pizza Hut and Frito-Lay of Hawaii, while supplies last. Teens will also be invited to enter in-branch drawings for a chance to win Apple iPod Shuffles, courtesy of the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, and regional electronic prizes and personal pan pizza certificates, provided by Hawaii Pizza Hut.  For more information and to register, please contact your local library.

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