Lis­ten in on Slack Key

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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.waikoloabeachre­ • Bam­boo Restau­rant, Hawi, monthly (808) 889-5555 • Red Water Café, Waimea, typ­i­cally on Sun­days,

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (808) 885-9299

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