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1) No Ke Ano Ahiahi
9) Pauoa Liko
Stephen Inglis was born and raised in the beautiful valley of Palolo, on the island of O’ahu. He found music
in his life initially through the piano, when at the age of 5 he performed on stage with the founder of the Suzuki
method. In his teens, the piano was quickly replaced by guitar. During which time Stephen played with local
favorites Red Session, Palolo Jones and The Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann. In 2003 Stephen left Hawai’i
and moved to the Bay area for some mainland experience, an experience that ultimately grew his love for
Ki Ho’alu or Slack Key Guitar and re-appreciation for his island home.
His first album release Fringes on the Wayside shares his singer/songwriter side that eventually evolves,
showing his island roots in his second release Driftwood, utilizing more slack key tunings on guitar.
After release of Driftwood, it was clearly time for Stephen to return home to Hawai’i. Upon return,
Stephen is introduced to Slack Key Master Ozzie Kotani, who becomes Stephen’s Kumu or teacher.
Under Ozzie’s guidance, Stephen quickly gains recognition in Hawai’i as a strong talent in
the traditional style performing locally and nationally as a solo artist, while
also performing with Ozzie Kotani, Makana and The Makaha Sons.
Now deeply rooted back in Hawai’i and the slack key tradition, Stephen’s latest release on ‘Aumakua
Records entitled Mahina O Wai’alae, “…evokes memories of Keola Beamer and establishes
his credentials as an artist who can sing in the old island style as well.” (John Berger, Honolulu Star
Bulletin) Mahina O Wai’alae was recorded to honor Stephen’s island home of O’ahu with
all the mele or songs being about places, love stories and experiences all on O’ahu.