26th annual Ki Ho‘alu Slack Key Festival

Slack Key Marty (left) and his partner, Norliko, entertain at last year’s show. -- Photo courtesy of MACC

Once again, The Maui News is the proud sponsor of one of Maui’s favorite events, the 26th annual Ki Ho’alu Slack Key Festival, which returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului from 1 to 7 p.m. June 25. Admission to this concert is free.

Enjoy an afternoon of some of Hawaii’s best slack key guitar players.

This is a family-friendly event: all generations can appreciate the slack key guitar tradition, with both new music and classic favorites.

Besides an afternoon full of music, the Ki Ho’alu Festival also features Hawaiian crafters and displays of made-in-Hawai’i products. ‘Ono-licious food from Maui eateries will be available for purchase.

The music is performed from the stage of Yokouchi Pavilion, over the amphitheater lawn where festival-goers relax on the grass on their own low beach chairs, blankets or mats, and enjoy the laid-back music by famed guitar players. The local family-style atmosphere makes it easy to linger all afternoon.

For more information, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.