One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases Grammy-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and an Island Marketplace.

Played from the heart and soul through the fingers, and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian ki ho'alu is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. In slack key, some of the strings are slacked from the standard tuning, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of this page to receive festival updates and details on workshops with the artists.

Redondo Beach

Performing Arts Center

1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd

Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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Past festival performers

Cyril Pahinui ● Ledward Kaapana ● George Kahumoku Jr ● Dennis Kamakahi ● Keola Beamer

Owana Salazar ● Jeff Peterson ● Ozzie Kotani ● Steven Espaniola ● Hi'ikua ● George Kuo

Maunalua ● John Keawe ● Makana ● Kawika Kahiapo ● John Cruz ● Barry Flanagan ● Jim "Kimo" West

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole ● Ken Emerson ● Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom ● Shawn Ishimoto ● Stephen Inglis

Gary Haleamau ● Mike Kaawa ● Raiatea Helm ● Jeff Linsky ● Ed Gerhard ● Lehua Kaapana ● Patrick Landeza

Troy Fernandez ● Kunia Galdeira ● Greg Sardinha ● Sonny Lim ● Jerry Santos ● Jeff Au Hoy

Danny Carvalho ● Peter Moon ● Napua Greig ● Mitch Chang ● Kalyn Aolani ● Lorna Lim

Nathan Aweau ● Kamuela Kimokeo ● Nathan Nahinu ● Heali'i Stanley ● Manalani English ● Bob Brozman

Island Marketplace

January 15, 11a-5p

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Another year of mixing and mingling up close and personal with the artists, kanikapila-style jams, 'ono food & prize giveaways! VIP tickets still include the best seats in the house at Sunday's main performance so get your tickets early, this special & unforgettable event sells out every year! Click here and choose from seats on the gold-colored seating section

2017 Artist Lineup

George Kuo

Ledward Kaapana

The Lim Family

Jerry Santos

Jeff Peterson

Jim "Kimo" West

Kamuela Kimokeo

Ken Emerson

Keao Costa

Discover Contemporary & Vintage Hawaiian Music: Cord International & Dancing Cat Records

VIP Reception 

January 14, 2017 

5:30 - 8:00pm

Destination: Art 

1815 W 213th St #135 

Torrance, CA  90501

 Limited Space!

Come early festival day and browse a variety of island-themed vendors while enjoying 'ono local-style food and authentic Hawaiian shave ice! Free & open to the public and lots of FREE parking!

Out of town guests: book a room at discounted rates, right down the street from the RBPAC

Read an interview with the late Rev Dennis Kamakahi from the 2013 festival