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Patrick Landeza / Press

“Although you won't hear his work in the "The Descendants," Patrick Landeza received one of the highest honors in Hawaiian music last spring when he became the first Mainland-born Hawaiian nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award. His 2010 album "Ku‘ u Honua Mele" competed for Slack Key Album of the Year with recordings by the likes of Ledward Kaapana and John Keawe (the ultimate winner.) Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/02/10/aloha_friday_hawaiian_music.DTL&ao=3#ixzz1oBE9MAvX”

“He's as good of a ki ho'alu (slack-key) guitarist as any I've seen, right up there, in my book, with the likes of Cyril Pahinui and Keola Beamer, and he possesses a tender, warm and appropriately friendly singing voice.”

“Patrick Landeza is one of the most talented and passionate guitarist that I have ever had the fortune of seeing play live ”

Jim Harrington - Oakland Tribune

“Some of the best slack key I’ve heard in a while… ”

Islands Magazine

“Sonoma Valley residents are in for a treat on Sunday afternoon (2/26) when Patrick Landeza, a Hawaiian slack key guitar virtuoso, introduces his latest CD, “Kama`alua,” at the Sonoma Valley Moose Lodge. He’ll be accompanied by Hawaiian musicians LT Smooth and Bill Griffin.”

“No man is an island, but when you're born on the Mainland to parents from Hawai'i, your family often is. Fortunately for Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Patrick Landeza, 37, his parents had settled in Berkeley, where they became part of the Bay Area's archipelago of family atolls -- with names such as Lum, Spalding and Kawahara -- fighting back the sea of acculturation. And among the beloved Hawaiian traditions they encouraged was mele, the islands' musical blend of allusive indigenous poetry and Western melody. ”

“Could there be a better place for Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Patrick Landeza to celebrate the release of his new CD, "Ku'u Honua Mele" ("My Music World"), than Freight & Salvage? It's in his native Berkeley, where his Hawaii-born parents shared their spirit of aloha, and it's a showcase for technical mastery and world genres deeply rooted in tradition. With ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr. on hand, among other talented guests, to premiere the slack-key album flecked with Celtic, Latin and Western swing, Landeza should feel right at home. And so should the audience: "When you're at my show, you're sitting in my living room," he said. The musical parlor moves to Felton (near Santa Cruz) for a matinee Sunday.”

“Patrick exudes the spirit of aloha in his music ”

Sandy Miranda - San Francisco Chronicle

“He’s the real deal ”

San Jose Mercury News

“I’ve known Patrick since he was 17 years old and his slack key has come a long way. I’m very proud of him and what he is doing to perpetuate slack key guitar ”

Cyril Pahinui

“A true innovator of Hawaiian Music and a vocalist of pure nahenahe (sweet sounding) quality ”

Dennis Kamakahi

“Patrick Landeza is one of the best and most dedicated of the new generation of Slack Key players.. ”

George Winston - 2007

“Patrick has learned his Kiho`alu from the masters, the elders of this tradition and they would be very proud of how he has continued in the older style… ”

Dancing Cat Productions

“A great slack key player, we love him ”

Raymond and Elodia Kane

“Slack key guitar teacher, performer, promoter, caterer... Patrick does it all. He's doing much to perpetuate this uniquely Hawaiian tradition and making the masters before him proud ”