Carlton “Ka‘ala” Carmack

Mission Memorial Auditorium
Saturday, May 5, 12:00 pm
Playing songs from the Queen’s Songbook on ‘ukelele as Julia Flynn Siler reads from her book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure

Native Hawaiian Carlton Ka‘ala Carmack is a multi-talented musician, singer, pianist, and teacher. He has been a lecturer in Pacific Island Studies, College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University in California and has taught and performed in the Bay area for 25 years. He has produced and directed a stage production for Nihonmachi Little Friends’ After School Program at the Palace of Fine Arts, and has also served as musical consultant for the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program at Clarendon Elementary School. Carmack has also offered Hawaiian Music and Expressive Singing courses at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. He has two Master’s degrees: an M.M. in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology.

Carmack is a music producer, director, and conductor as well, and is in continuous demand as a performer of Hawaiian music throughout the Bay Area. Besides being the leader of and performing with Piko Hawaiian Trio, he has also been, for the past several years, one of the lead singers and guitarists for Patrick Makuakane’s nationally touring company, Hula halau, Na Lei Hulu I ka Wekiu.

“Uncle Ka‘ala,” as his students affectionately call him, has been a regular host of the Temple Bar Aloha Sunday. He has appeared in concert with J-Town Hui, which he founded in 2001. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ka‘ala brings his love of Hawaiian music and ‘ukulele playing wherever he goes.

A beautiful ukelele performance of Aloha Oe by C. Ka’ala Carmack, January 16, 2012 on KQED Radio’s Forum show with host Michael Krasny, along with Julia Flynn Siler.

A beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow”, with family and friends of poet Al Robles

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