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Valdriz to discuss history of Hawaiian steel guitar

By Staff | Apr 4, 2013


LAHAINA – Explore Lahaina’s unique history with Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s “Ha’ina Hou – Let the Story be Told” on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn on Friday, April 12, from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Steel guitarist Geri Valdriz will present “The History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar.” Learn how this popular technique was invented in Hawaii.

At one time, steel guitar players were in such high demand that they had little to no time to teach. Thus, in the 1960s, the art was almost lost.

Fortunately, two centuries after its birth, steel guitar remains synonymous with Hawaii and continues to influence music around the world, from blues, rock, pop and country to African and Indian music.

Also enjoy a musical demonstration by Valdriz and slack key guitarist Kevin Brown, as they share some of their favorite compilations.

LRF’s popular candlelit tour of the Baldwin Home Museum, located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The $7 fee includes admission to the Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front St. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are free.

Seats are limited for the presentation. Low beach chairs and mats are welcome.

Ha’ina Hou is a free monthly program held on the second Friday of every month. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, contact Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.