17th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Fest Coming Nov. 21- 23


The Kahilu Theatre will be hosting the 17th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival (Nov. 21- 23, 2019) featuring Hawaiian musicians Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Led Kaapana, Nathan Aweau, Mike Kaawa, Brittni Paiva and Benny Chong. Ticket info below.

A festival like no other, these musicians will take the stage together to talk story, play music, and share their experiences as award-winning Hawaiian music artists. Over the course of three days there will be workshop classes offered in addition to the evening of concerts. Before the festival, the musicians also participate in Kahilu’s Education Outreach Program where they will perform in local schools across the Big Island to give back to the community and inspire the next generation of ‘ukulele and ki ho’ alu performers.

The festival begins with a Kanikapila concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Audience members are given an opportunity bring a guitar or ‘ukulele from home and join the masters on the Kahilu stage in an all-out jam session during the second half of the performance. Seating is limited on stage for instrument players and will be based on a first come first served basis.

Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. continues the festivities with the Ho’olaule’a concert. Each of the artists will take the stage individually as well as invite small groups to join them as they showcase their favorite songs and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations. This evening truly captures the essences of celebration that is Ho’olaule’a.

Jeff Peterson

The festival will conclude Saturday, November 23 at 4 p.m. as the musicians say farewell to Kamuela with their Hana Hou concert. This truly is a one-of-a-kind performance as the musicians take the stage in a slightly less formal concert setting. The artists take turns leading each other in both song and story, finding new inspiration in the music they love to share. Also, several of the musicians will be teaching a series of workshops during the morning and afternoon prior to the 4 p.m. concert, covering a variety of musical subjects. More information can be found on the Kahilu Theatre website or by calling the Box Office.

Info: Tickets range from $65-25 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela.

Photos: Steve Roby


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