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Jim "Kimo" West


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    Kohala No
  2. 2.
    My Hawaiian Heart
  3. 3.
    El Alcazar
  4. 4.
    Mauna Kea Meditation
  5. 5.
    Peaceful Island
Having never even seen Waikiki, Jim “Kimo” West came right to Hana, Maui in 1985 and spent much of his time there for many years.
It was in Hana where he first heard the music of Gabby Pahinui, Sons Of Hawaii, Sonny Chillingworth and Atta Isaacs. Already familiar with alternate tunings, the sound of ki ho’alu became his favorite “soundtrack”.
Best known as long-time guitarist for the worldʻs most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kimo is regarded as one of the world’s foremost “ki ho’alu” or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists. This warm and engaging acoustic guitar style has it’s roots in 1840’s Hawaii, when Mexican vaqueros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii. If you saw the Oscar-winning film, “The Decendants” you have experienced this great acoustic guitar tradition.
Kimo is a 61st Grammy Awards Nominee, a 2008 Hawaii Music Awards winner and three-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive.
He is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals as well as the So Cal Slack Key Festival every year from 2008 through 2017. He has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players.
His numerous CDʻs feature many original compositions as well as inventive arrangements of the genreʻs classic repertoire. His most recent release is the Grammy-nominated "Moku Maluhia-Peaceful Island".


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