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Top Hawaii slack key guitar players to perform at free festival

June 21, 2018
Lahaina News

KAHULUI - One of Maui's favorite family events returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, June 24, with the 27th annual Ki Ho'alu Festival in the A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion.

It's an all-afternoon affair, as some of Hawaii's best slack key guitar players come to perform and provide the Maui audience with a full afternoon of melodious Hawaiian music from 1 to 7 p.m.

This is a free, family-friendly event: all generations can appreciate the slack key guitar tradition, with both new music and classic favorites.

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This year’s lineup includes Makana (above), Ola Hou (Kevin Brown & Friends), Ho‘okena, Brother Noland, Stephen Inglis, George Kahumoku & Friends, Sonny Lim, Paul Togioka, Ian O’Sullivan, Kamuela Kahoano, Donald Kaulia, Dwight Kanae, George Kuo, Aja Gample, Jim West & Ken Emerson, and Emma Rose. PHOTO BY KIM HUYNH.

The lineup of musicians and recording artists this year includes Makana, Ola Hou (Kevin Brown & Friends), Ho'okena, Brother Noland, Stephen Inglis, George Kahumoku & Friends, Sonny Lim, Paul Togioka, Ian O'Sullivan, Kamuela Kahoano, Donald Kaulia, Dwight Kanae, George Kuo, Aja Gample, Jim West & Ken Emerson, and Emma Rose (the artist list is subject to change).

Besides an afternoon full of music, the Ki Ho'alu Festival also features Hawaiian crafters and displays of made-in-Hawaii products.

Food from Maui eateries includes selections from Three's Bar & Grill, Maui Cones, Outrigger Pizza, Shaka Pops, 808 Mini Donuts, and Real Fruit Ice Cream.

The music is performed from the stage of Yokouchi Pavilion over the amphitheater lawn, where festival-goers may relax on the grass on their own low-back beach chairs, blankets or mats and enjoy the laid-back music by famed guitar players. The local family-style atmosphere makes it easy to linger all afternoon!

The festival, now in its 27th year on Maui, is presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center, sponsored by The Maui News and produced by Ki Ho'alu Foundation and KaHoku Productions. For more information, call 242-SHOW or visit MauiArts.org.

 
 

 

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