Anthony Natividad playing on Kaua`i in the October 2009 Hawaiiana Festival at the Hyatt. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley
Editor’s note: The following obituary of Anthony Natividad is reprinted here in its entirety with permission from its author, Lee Imada, managing editor, The Maui News. Natividad played on Kaua`i often, was part of the Garden Island Arts Council E Kanikapila Kakou program in the past and was part of the Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Hawaiiana Festival.
Anthony Natividad, renowned nose flute player, builder, dies at 48
‘He played it for all the ancestors all over the world’
November 1, 2012
By LEE IMADA – Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org), The Maui News
Anthony Natividad, renowned for his playing and building of nose flutes and an original cast member of ‘Ulalena, died Sunday, October 28. He was 48.
“There is nobody else alive that can play the nose flute and build ’em and play ’em,” said George Kahumoku Jr., a Grammy and Na Hoku award-winning musician.
“Anthony was a great friend and a mentor,” he continued.
Kahumoku worked closely with Natividad at the University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music, where Natividad taught and held workshops. Kahumoku is the director of the program that is helping to produce the next generation of Hawaiian musicians.
“Anthony was a man of the land. He was keiki o ka aina,” Kahumoku said Wednesday.