Listen In On Slack Key

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If you want to absorb the history and culture of Hawai‘i, head to a nearby SLACK KEY-GUITAR PERFORMANCE, a musical style unique to the Hawaiian Islands.

In the 1800s, PANIOLO (Hawaiian cowboys) learned roping from Mexican cowboys brought to the island by King Kamehameha III. These mainland wranglers also brought with them their style of guitar playing. The Hawaiian paniolo began loosening the strings and adapting the sound to local music. From there, kī hō‘alu, or slack key, was born.

Sadly, due to the pandemic, most live performances have been curtailed. It’s best to check with your hotel’s concierge to learn of any live performances at venues around the island.