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Must See: Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival

Sunday • A&B Amphitheater at MACC

Attendees enjoy last year’s Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival. AMITY MASON photo

FREE CONCERT CELEBRATES THE MAGIC OF SLACK KEY GUITAR MUSIC.

The 28th annual Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival promises to lift spirits and foster a renewed appreciation for Hawaiian slack key guitar beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday (gates open at 12:30 p.m.) in the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater featuring an all-star lineup that includes Halemanu, Lance Takamiya, Brother Noland, Danny Carvalho, Wilson Kanaka’ole, Tavana and several others, with more artists still to be announced. Come celebrate the best in Ki Ho’alu, literally translated as “loosen the key.” Slack key guitar is traditional Hawaiian music dating back to the 19th-century paniolo who played around the campfire after completing a long day of ranch work. Since then, the technique has evolved into one of the world’s great acoustic guitar genres with even the Grammy’s taking notice of slack key’s contribution to Hawaiian music. Admission is free.