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27th Annual Kī Hō`alu – Slack Key – Guitar Festival

Slack Key Guitar Festival on Maui

Get ready for an all-star slack key guitar festival on Maui at the MACC, Maui Arts & Cultural Center.


A&B Amphitheater – Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sunday, June 24, 2018
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gates open at 12:30 pm

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Photo by Maui Magazine

Join the MACC for one of Maui’s favorite family events! Some of Hawai‘i’s best slack key guitar players will perform a full afternoon of melodious Hawaiian music. 

Artists performing in the festival this year include Makana, Ola Hou (Kevin Brown & Friends), Ho‘okena, Brother Noland, Stephen Inglis, George Kahumoku & Friends, Sonny Lim, Paul Togioka, Ian O’Sullivan, Kamuela Kahoano, Donald Kaulia, Dwight Kanae, George Kuo, Aja Gample, Jim West & Ken Emerson, and Emma Rose.

Kī Hō`alu, translating literally from the Hawaiian as “loosen the key,” indicating the tuning in slack key guitar technique, is a musical tradition dating back to 19th century paniolo who played around the campfire after completing a day of ranch work.

slack key guitar festival Maui
Photo by Maui Arts & Cultural Center


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

An abundance of relaxed lawn seating gives the event an informal, local-style atmosphere, making it easy to lounge all afternoon. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or lauhala mats and relax on the grassy lawn to fully enjoy the laid-back music by famed guitar players.

slack key guitar festival Maui
Photo by MACC


This is a family-friendly event: All generations can enjoy the slack key guitar tradition, with both new music and classic favorites. Island crafters and merchants will be on site with displays of local arts & crafts for purchase, and food trucks will serve a variety of tasty lunch and dessert options.

More info:

Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Box Office: 808-242-SHOW (7469)
One Cameron Way Kahului, HI 96732

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