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.
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
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
The Lim Family
Jim "Kimo" West
Discover Contemporary & Vintage Hawaiian Music: Cord International & Dancing Cat Records
January 14, 2017
5:30 - 8:00pm
1815 W 213th St #135
Torrance, CA 90501
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