Listen in on Slack Key
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 these Islands.
In the 1800s, paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) learned roping from Mexican cowboys brought to the island by King Kamehameha III. These Mainland cowboys also brought with them their style of guitar playing. The Hawaiian paniolo began loosening the strings, adapting the sound to local music. From there, slack key was born.
If you’re not lucky enough to stumble across any backyard kani ka pila (Hawaiian for “play music”), you can check out the sound at the following places, among others: • Four Seasons Hualalai Resort’s Lava Lounge, Kailua
Kona; nightly, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (808) 325-8000 • King’s Shops Center Stage, Waikoloa, Tuesdays, 6 to
7 p.m., www.waikoloabeachresort.com • Bamboo Restaurant, Hawi, monthly (808) 889-5555 • Red Water Café, Waimea, typically on Sundays,
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (808) 885-9299