LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
Travelers lucky enough to be on O‘ahu in August can witness a unique form of Hawaiian music at the 37th-annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival taking place Aug. 10 at Waikiki Aquarium. The celebration of Hawaiian music will feature 15 of the best slackkey artists during a family friendly event that will also feature food, sales of festival T-shirts and artist CDs and more. Slack-key guitar—
translated from Hawaiian ki ho‘alu, which means “loosen the (tuning) key”—is a finger-style genre of guitar music that originated here with open tunings achieved by starting with a guitar in standard tuning, then detuning or “slacking” one or more of the strings until the six strings form a single chord, frequently G major.