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Don Kaulia

DAMNative BAND MEMBER: Kihoalu (Slack Key Guitar) Specialist

Don Kaulia, classmate & close friend of Keale's Cousin IZ, was raised in the rough & tumble of the Waianae Coast where Hawaiian families are strong & maintain the old ways & traditions. He is a Grammy-nominated, master slack key guitarist playing in the Nanakuli style & has supported Keale's recording on "Kawelona" and "Aina Kaula: Motherland." Like many master musicians in Hawaii Don's rugged, road-paving hands (Project Supervisor for Grace Pacific paving company) handle the fretboard of a guitar like Michelangelo working fine marble. He is Great-Grandson to Tutu James Kaulia who hand-delivered Queen Liliuokalani's formal letter of protest to President Grover Cleveland in 1893.