LIS­TEN TO THE MU­SIC

Kahala Life - - FINE PURSUITS -

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.

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