The month of May being Asian/Pacific Islander Month, we are proud to release Patrick's book "From the Island of Berkeley, Ca" tonight at The Strum Shop!
When Patrick Landeza became the first mainland-based artist to win the Nã Hōkū Hanohano award, in 2013, he told the audience that “being born and raised on the mainland never made me any less Hawaiian.” Having initially learned slack key from family, Landeza later apprenticed with slack Key Legend Raymond Kāne and was mentored by Slack Key Masters Cyril Pahinui, George Kuo, and Dennis Kamakahi. Landeza is a well respected slack key instructor and has taught in classes and music camps nationwide, as well as having lessons published in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. After successful forays into radio, catering, and concert production, Landeza is beginning to focus his attention on future generations. He authored a children’s book, “Danny’s Hawaiian Journey,” and has partnered with Kala Ukulele to provide cultural education through ukulele lessons in his grade school classes. Landeza’s efforts and enthusiasm have not gone unrecognized. Aside from Nā Hōkū Hanohano award, he also became the youngest recipient of the Kapalakiko Aloha Spirit award at the age of 34, in 2011 he won the Hawaiian Music Award, and in 2012 he shared his music and aloha spirit with the audience at Carnegie Hall. In 2017 Landeza will be releasing his latest slack key offering "Ho`oman`o" (to remember) ending the year with his film documentary entitled "Aloha Everywhere: The Story of Patrick Landeza". All telling the story and his journey and discovery of cultural identity through Slack Key Guitar and Hawaiian Music. Landeza has a successful clothing line called "Aloha Everywhere" along with his fruit jam company "Kanikapila Jams" and jewelry line "Patrick Landeza Designs" hand crafted earrings and bracelets. Patrick is in his 19th year of education and teaches at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, Ca.