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MACC to host free Ki Ho‘alu Festival

By Staff | Jun 19, 2014

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets or lauhala mats, relax on the grassy lawn and enjoy the laid-back music by famed guitar players. PHOTO BY AUBREY HORD.

KAHULUI – One of Maui’s favorite family events returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, June 22, with the 23rd annual Ki Ho’alu Festival in the A&B Amphitheater.

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 annual festival is always free, and it is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

The lineup of musicians and recording artists this year includes Danny Carvalho, Barry Flanagan, Stephen Inglis, John Ka’aina, George Kahumoku, Keale, Kaoru Kohnoike, George Ku, LT Smooth, Bobby Moderow, Brother Noland, Jeff Peterson, Glen Smith and Paul Togioka.

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

‘Ono food from Maui eateries and relaxed seating on the lawn give the event an informal, local-style atmosphere, making it easy to linger all afternoon.

The music is performed from the stage of Yokouchi Pavilion out over the amphitheater.

All generations can enjoy the slack key guitar tradition, with both new music and classic favorites.

Ki ho’alu, translating literally in Hawaiian as “loosen the key” to indicate the tuning in slack key guitar technique, is a musical tradition dating back to 19th century paniolo, who played around the campfire after work on the ranches.

Slack key has now become known as one of the world’s great acoustic guitar methods, especially since Hawaiian music was recognized as a category of its own in the Grammy Awards.

For more information, call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.