Hinano Kaumeheiwa performed 12 shows with the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio from 2011 – 2014. He was the founding third member and used to come over to our house for “Tuesdays at the Toms” for lunch and to play music just for the fun of it. Hinano was in my first graduating class from “Ukulele Beyond the Basics” at Kaunoa in June 2009, continued with the Advanced Ukulele class and performed with the Maui Ukulele Pops Band for many years.
The first gig for The Trio with Hinano was the Annual Maui County Senior Fair in October 2011. We also performed at the Annual Keiki Karnival at Christ the King Church in 2012, the Annual Upcountry Fair at Olinda in 2012 and 2014, National Museum Day at the Bailey House in 2012, Queen’s Festival at Queen Kaahumanu Center in 2012 and 2013, and at the Ukulele Explosion at Kalama Intermediate School in 2012.
Hinano became President of the Maui Ukulele Guild (organization of ukulele builders) and in 2011 gave us two time slots on the program of the 4th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition – one for the Maui Ukulele Pops Band and one for the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio – performing one right after the other. The following year in 2012, Hinano scheduled a hula halau in between The Band and The Trio which gave us time to change attire. The trio’s last performance was in 2017 while the Maui Ukulele Pops Band has played on.
(Photo taken of Hinano Kaumeheiwa on 4-string uke, Mele Fong on 6-string uke, and Rich Tom on u-bass at the 4th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Kaahumanu Center on 12 November 2011)