Hawaii, though you may not know it, is home to an original style of guitar playing, one which speaks of the breezy, island, slow-moving spirit of the island life. This is slack-key guitar playing and you’ll hear it here in Hawaii if you take the time.
Emphasizing open tunings in which the guitarist slackens his strings to reach a single note across his fret-board, these songs have a distinctive melody and twang to them, and are sometimes referred to as Hawaiian cowboy songs. A definite must when visiting Hawaii is hearing some of this authentic music played live, and if you’re in Hanalei, Hawaii this January 13th, you’re in luck: the Hawaii Sunset Music – Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert is on from 4-6 pm at the Hanalei Community Center.
This is a popular annual music event and one that is best not to be missed. According to gohawaii.com, the event has over a 99% satisfaction rating and people love to hear the award-winning concert artists Doug and Sandy McMaster do their thing on stage. With guitar and ukulele in hand, you’ll be lulled into island life by these modern masters of this ancient art.
The event is only $20 for adults and $15 for kids and seniors. So if you want to get a sense of the traditional Hawaiian music while you’re on Hawaii, consider heading down to Hanalei Community Center on Malolo Rd, Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714.
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