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

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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.

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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

Website – http://mauiarts.org/event-detail.php?id=367



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Lauryn Hill – Special Maui Valentine’s Weekend Engagement

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Ms. Lauryn Hill
A Special Valentine’s Weekend Engagement at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Lauryn Hill - Special Valentine's Weekend Engagement

Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents an evening with Ms. Lauryn Hill. Imagine sitting on the lawn in Maui enjoying an outdoor concert with tropical island breezes while listening to wonderful music!

Lauryn Hill - Special Valentine's Weekend Engagement

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM

With special guest, Eli-Mac!

Gates open at 5:00 pm

Ms. Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multitalented group, the Fugees. Their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, “The Score,” which featured the hit song, “Killing Me Softly.” That album still remains the worldwide top-selling rap album of all time.

Ms. Hill earned two Grammy awards (Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance by a duo or group) in 1996 before releasing her self-written and self-produced iconic solo album, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,” which topped Billboard charts the moment it came out. She remains an influential artistic force.

Opening up the show is Eli-Mac, aka Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco, a Filipino-American singer known for her success on the third season of American Idol. Vocally she was most closely aligned with hip-hop among other genres and was even likened to her inspiration, Lauryn Hill.

Don’t miss this special Valentine’s weekend engagement!!

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TICKETS: $59/GA (plus applicable fees)
Ticket prices increase $15 on day of show.

PARKING: $5 (CASH ONLY) at UHMC parking lots night of show.
There is no parking available in the MACC lot.

MEET & GREET PACKAGES: The concert’s promoters have made additional packages available to patrons who have already purchased a concert ticket.

Packages are available for purchase now through Wednesday, Jan 31, at 4:00 pm HST, or while quantities last.

Packages can only be purchased in person or by phone at the MACC Box Office.
Box Office hours: Tue-Sat, 10-6pm

ADD-ON PACKAGE #1: $650 per person; includes access to side stage area, photo opportunity with Ms. Lauryn Hill, tour poster, and a collectible laminate.

ADD-ON PACKAGE #2: $236 per person; includes photo opportunity with Ms. Hill, tour poster, and a collectible laminate.
Date Event Time Tickets
Saturday February 10 Lauryn Hill 6:00 PM Buy Tickets

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