KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A master musician here on the islands and multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Wille K is teaching a songwriting class at the University of Hawaii - West Oahu campus this summer.
His students will include a group of high school juniors and seniors from Waianae and Farrington High Schools.
"I always like to ask every artist to try and make people believe," said musician Willie K. "The kids believe in themselves and what they do, and make them proud of their work, that's pretty much my mission in life right now," he said.
Waianae High School student Jeremiah Jionson is taking part in the five-week-long program aimed to support the growth of new musical talent.
"I learned that you can't just stay inside the box. You're going to have to be outside the box in order to progress and express yourself more, out in the professional life in music," he said.
The program will teach budding local musicians an awareness of potential career paths in music.
Artist mentors will break down the basics of music and help each student write and record a song from a genre of their choice.
The class will run from this Friday to July 3, when students will officially present their songs.