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Master slack key guitarists to play at free festival

By Staff | Jun 24, 2010

Bring lawn chairs or roll out a blanket on the Events Lawn and enjoy an all-star lineup of Hawaii’s best slack key guitar musicians.

KAHULUI — Ki ho‘alu (loosen the key) is one of the world’s great guitar traditions. Slack key guitar music is sweet and soulful, and it is said that slack key music is drawn from the heart and soul, filtering out through the fingers of each player.

On Sunday, June 27, the 19th annual Ki Ho‘alu Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Maui Style, returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with performances from 2 to 7 p.m.  Admission is free.

Popular musicians and recording artists slated to perform include Makana, Brother Noland, George Kahumoku, Stephen Inglis, Kevin and Ikaika Brown, Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, Bobby Moderow, Paul Togioka, L.T. Smooth, Donald Kaulia, Dwight Kanae, Patrick Landeza, Walter Keale and Chris Lau.

This MACC signature festival also features crafters from Hawaii, lots of ono food by Maui restaurants and caterers and an awesome guitar exhibit, all in a laid-back ambiance that lingers until dusk. 

Food providers will include Alexander’s Famous Fish, Maui Macaroons, Nacho Mama’s, Sharing Aloha, Whole Foods and Zia Maria’s Gelato.

 The festival is presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center and sponsored by The Maui News. Additional support for the festival is provided by Hawaii Tourism Authority, county Office of Economic Development, Ka Hoku Productions, Ki Ho‘alu Foundation, Rhythm & Roots Records, Taylor Guitars and Pacific Radio Group/KPOA. 

For more information, call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit www.MauiArts.org or www.SlackKeyFestival.com.