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Slack Key Saturday

February 9, 2013
Slack key guitarist Donald Kauli'a. NPS

Slack key guitarist Donald Kauli’a. NPS

The sounds of old Hawaii came to Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site today as the park hosted Grammy-nominated slack key guitarist Donald Kauli’a to share in a day of music and “talk story.” In addition to sharing some of his musical talents, he also shared about the unique cultural origins of Hawaii’s musical heritage. Visitors, some with no guitar experience at all, had the exciting opportunity to learn some of the basics of Hawaiian slack key from one of the genre’s masters.

This event is the second and what will be weekly cultural demonstrations presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha at the park. On Thursday, February 14, join musician Sonny Lim at the park for another hands-on opportunity to connect with Hawaii’s unique musical heritage.

Ranger Harrell Baker (who is an amazing saxophone player in his own right) takes a few lessons in slack key.

Ranger Harrell Baker (who is an amazing saxophone player in his own right) takes a few lessons in slack key. NPS

Snow? What snow? These visitors from Boston tried their hand at slack key on a beautiful winter day! NPS

Snow? What snow? These visitors from Boston tried their hand at slack key on a beautiful winter day! NPS

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Visitors enjoying a unique opportunity to learn about Hawaii's musical heritage. NPS

Visitors enjoying a unique opportunity to learn about Hawaii’s musical heritage. NPS

Click here to visit the park’s official Facebook page for more pictures and videos!

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