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Slack key series taking a break

By Staff | Aug 13, 2009

Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series artists have been honored with three Grammy Awards.

NAPILI — The weekly Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series will take a four-month break at the end of August.

Concert co-producers Wayne Wong, Paul Konwiser and George Kahumoku Jr. issued this statement: “Thinking of the future, we want to be able to do these wonderful shows for years to come. But with visitors on Maui at record low levels, and a normally slow fall season approaching, we’ve decided to take a break, catch our breath and come back even stronger. We are going to suspend our weekly Wednesday performances at the conclusion of the August schedule, and restart them on December 30, 2009.”

During the hiatus, the production team will work to evolve the show to make it even better.

In addition, the team just released their newest CD, “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Volume 2,” the fifth compilation of live music captured at the weekly Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series at Napili Kai Beach Resort Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

The co-producers commented, “We’re grateful to our audiences, our wonderful musicians and the Maui community for supporting our show.”

In 2003, the series began fulfilling a passion and mission of promoting and supporting traditional Hawaiian music in a consistent venue. Since then, more than 300 consecutive weekly performances have been produced, welcoming over 35,000 guests.

Along the way, recognition and validation has been received in the form of four Grammy Award nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album, three Grammy wins, Hawaii Music Awards and a Keep It Hawaii Recognition Award.

For more information, including the new performance schedule, visit www.slackkey.com.