Hawaiian music concert series celebrates slack key guitar

The sweet, soothing sounds of Hawaiian slack key guitar, or kiho‘alu, will be on full display this weekend at a concert celebrating Hawaiian music.

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame (HMHF), whose mission is to promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula by celebrating the achievements of significant individuals and groups, annually organizes a three-part concert series called Na Mele Mae‘ole, or Never Fading Songs.

The theme of the Na Mele series is “indigenous Hawaiian music art forms.” The theme of the 2016 concerts is kiho‘alu, or slack key guitar, a Hawaiian music tradition of open tunings.

“Kiho‘alu has been gaining recognition nationally and internationally, as George Winston and Grammy-award winning groups have helped spread this unique Hawaiian music art form,” said HMHF board member James “Kimo” Stone.

Entertainers George Kuo, Martin Pahinui, Aaron Mahi, Kamuela Kimokeo, and Aja Gample will perform in this second of three concerts which features old-timers of the tradition, as well as up-and-coming stars, with the goal of inspiring and engaging new generations in the perpetuation of Hawaii’s traditional music.

The second concert in the series takes place Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at Kawaiahao Church.

Tickets are $30; groups of 10 or more $20 per ticket; student rate $20.

For more information, call (808) 392-3649 or click here.

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