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.
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 ● Nani Lim Yap
Nathan Aweau ● Kamuela Kimokeo ● Nathan Nahinu ● Keao Costa
Heali'i Stanley ● Manalani English ● Namakana Lim ● Bob Brozman
January 14, 2017 5:30 - 8:00pm
Destination: Art, 1815 W 213th St #135
Torrance, CA 90501
Mixing and mingling with the artists, kanikapila-style jams, 'ono food & prize giveaways PLUS the best seats in the house at Sunday's main performance - no wonder this unforgettable event sells out every year!
January 15, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Rutt's Cafe, Tasty Block Shave Ice, Bodytopia, Lori Higgins, Kalikiano, Crystal Creations by Linda, IM Polynesia, A Bit Of Aloha, Big Aloha Sauces, Sake Sistahs, Touch of Paradise, Paradise Candles of Hawaii, Hulu Makana, Surf City Shirts & more
How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form.