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One of the sounds closely associated with Hawaii is that of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. An instrumental art form created in the 1800s by Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys), the melodic music is soft and soothing.

Here on Kauai’s north shore, treat yourself to the sweet sounds of slack key guitar every Friday and Sunday in Hanalei. Composers Doug & Sandy McMaster have been playing music together since they first met more than 30 years ago. They started the Hanalei Slack Key Guitar Series, which is the longest running concert of its kind, at the Hanalei Community Center.

Join them in a magnificent setting, nestled against the north shore’s emerald green mountains and abundant taro fields of Hanalei.  Doug and Sandy not only entertain you with their sensational sounds, they talk story about the history of this unique and beautiful music and its legendary players. It’s an experience to remember as you discover slack key music in the traditional style while relaxing with friends and family in the heart of historic Hanalei.

“We attended three of your concerts and were mesmerized by your music, but as well by your stories and humour,” wrote Robert & Karen from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Put this concert on your “to do” list when you’re looking for an authentic  and inspirational experience during your Kaua`i vacation.

The concerts are held each Friday from 4pm to 6pm and Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Cost is $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for children and seniors. (Free for keiki 5 and under.)  Need directions? When you're staying at the Hanalei Colony Resort, you’re approximately 5 miles from the Community Center. Visit our front office and they'll give you directions.