Past festival performers
Cyril Pahinui ● Ledward Kaapana ● Keola Beamer ● George Kahumoku Jr ● Dennis Kamakahi
Ozzie Kotani ● George Kuo ● Jeff Peterson ● Makana ● Owana Salazar ● John Keawe
Jim "Kimo" West ● Maunalua ● Sonny Lim ● Kawika Kahiapo ● John Cruz ● Barry Flanagan ● Hi'ikua
Gary Haleamau ● Patrick Landeza ● Stephen Inglis ● Kamuela Kimokeo ● Lehua Kaapana ● Ho'okena
Jerry Santos ● Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom ● Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole ● Mike Kaawa ● Raiatea Helm ● Ku'uipo Kumukahi
Greg Sardinha ● Steven Espaniola ● Ken Emerson ● Jeff Au Hoy ● Bobby Ingano ● Jeff Linsky
Ed Gerhard ● Weldon Kekauoha ● Ikaika Marzo ● Nathan Aweau ● Lorna Lim ● Nani Lim Yap ● Napua Greig
Alan Akaka ● Nathan Nahinu ● Heali'i Stanley ● Manalani English ● Kamie-Lei Fujiwara ● Namakana Lim ● Bob Brozman
Shawn Ishimoto ● Keao Costa ● Kunia Galdeira ● Danny Carvalho ● Peter Moon ● Mitch Chang ● Kalyn Aolani
Since 2008, the Southern California Slack Key Festival has been the biggest Hawaiian music concert event in the mainland U.S., and features the most respected names in Hawaiian guitar music and hula today. Taking its name from a finger-picking style of guitar playing indigenous to Hawaii (as heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for "The Descendants"), the Slack Key Festival brings the art of ki ho'alu guitar to Redondo Beach.
Played from the heart and soul through the fingers and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian ki ho'alu (slack key) is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world. In slack key, some of the strings are "slacked" from the standard guitar tuning, with the thumb playing the bass notes while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.
Join us for our 13th annual celebration January 19, 2020, 2pm at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center!
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ISLAND MARKETPLACE JANUARY 19, 2020 11AM-5PM
Free and open to the public with lots of free parking! Browse a variety of island themed gifts, home decor, accessorites, apparel and more. Plus Hawaiian plate lunches, authentic island-style shave ice and outdoor entertainment.
REDONDO BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1935 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD, REDONDO BEACH CA
Conveniently located just minutes from LAX, the RBPAC is the Crown Jewel of the South Bay arts scene and features a modernistic Grand Lobby, state of the art sound system, friendly onsite staff and plenty of free parking.
VIP RECEPTION JANUARY 18, 2020 5:30-8:30PM
Mixing and mingling with the artists, kanikapila, 'ono food & prize giveaways PLUS the best seats in the house at Sunday's main performance - no wonder this unforgettable event sells out every year! Click here for more info
DISCOVER HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY
GUITAR MUSIC AND TRADITIONS
Read about the fascinating history of ki ho'alu guitar and the musical pioneers who helped shape its sound and legacy.
EXPLORE REDONDO BEACH
A coastline and beaches rivaling the most beautiful Mediterranean resorts, a pleasure Pier for strolling, shopping and dining, a harbor with many seaside restaurants and cafes – all contribute to a unique and relaxing seaside ambience.
PHOTO & VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Were you there? Relive the fun! Missed it? Join us in Redondo Beach for an unforgettable journey to the islands
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