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Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival at the MACC

June 21, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) presents the 21st edition of world-class slack key music on Maui, free to the public on Sunday, June 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion/A&B Amphitheater. Hawai'i's Ki Ho'alu ("loosen the key") is one of the world's great guitar traditions. The sweet and soulful music is said to come from the heart and soul, filtering out through the fingers of each player.

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring beach chairs or roll out a blanket on the A&B Amphitheater lawn and enjoy an all-star line-up of Hawai'i's best slack key guitar musicians. Popular musicians and recording artists performing this year include Nathan Aweau, Ola Hou with Kevin & Ikaika Brown, Hi'ikua with Kamuela Kimokeo, Stephen Inglis, Dennis Kamakahi, Kawika Kahiapo, George Kahumoku, Jr., Keale, George Kuo, Makana, Maunalua with Bobby Moderow, Brother Noland, LT Smoothand and Paul Togioka.

This MACC signature festival also features crafters from Hawai'i, plenty of 'ono food by Maui restaurants and caterers, and a Taylor guitars exhibit all in a laid-back ambiance that lingers until dusk.

Produced by Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festivals, the Ki Ho'alu Guitar Festival is sponsored by The Maui News, Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. For more information, call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit or



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