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Mc Master Slack Key Concerts

Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-1469
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Beautiful music, authentic local experience

Doug McMaster plays old-style Hawaiian slack key guitar and does it beautifullly. The concert in... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Sausalito, California
Something Really Different!

We caught the show at the Princeville Community Center on Kauai. We went because of the... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
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Since 1999, Doug and Sandy McMaster have been presenting authentic, award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele concerts. Fridays 4pm and Sundays 3pm at the Hanalei Community Center. Concerts are also now offered in Princeville at the Princeville Community Center (4334 Emmalani Rd. 6pm Saturdays) and at All Saints' Church (Kapaa 6pm Wednesdays). Their 2000th concert will be held the first week of April 2017. They've been voted Best Live Show by Hawaii Magazine Readers several times. They're a key attraction and an excellent way for visitors to experience the beautiful family music tradition of Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele while learning its history, cultural significance, and inspirations behind the songs. Their mission is to ho'omau (continue the tradition) as directed by Raymond and Elodia Kane (Oahu) and Keli'i Mawae (Molokai). The soothing sounds of traditional slack key music relax the audience into 'Hawaii time' bringing peace and Aloha to heart and soul. Concerts are one of the most affordable things to do on Kauai and appeal to both the individual visitor as well as to groups or families. The venues are family friendly and accessible.
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Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-1469
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

Doug McMaster plays old-style Hawaiian slack key guitar and does it beautifullly. The concert in Kapaa is in a local church which added to the 'local' feel. It was a wonderful, low-key, down-home, non-glitzy concert of songs Doug learned from the old Hawaiian masters, and...More

Thank KathleenB99
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We caught the show at the Princeville Community Center on Kauai. We went because of the tripadvisor write up. It ended up being the highlight of our week on this beautiful island. Doug and Sandy McMaster bantered with a comfort that only comes from long...More

Thank Tedsommer
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Aloha!! (Greetings!) Doug and Sandy McMasters are the epitome of the Hawaiian Slack Key Sound and Talk Story!! The McMasters music has achieved "Peoples Choice Award" status, and "BEST OF HAWAII" status with their authentic Hawaiian Slack Key music. Melodic, relaxing and helps your mind...More

Thank 2012Traveler156
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I had not heard of Slack Key before but enjoyed it and the learning of how it came to be, going back to the Spanish cowboys who had to teach the Hawaiian's how to control and contain the cattle that they brought into the islands....More

Thank Lawrence P
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Slack key guitar is a relaxed as an island breeze with floral scents and sea air mixed in to the sweet sounds of waves lapping at a beach. It's a different kind of music that either eludes you or you get entirely. If you've listened...More

Thank WesternWilly
Reviewed 22 January 2017

No slacking with this couple - putting on 3-4 performances a week. We have been back 5 times, love the music and the narrative that Sandy gives on how the music came about, the history, and this couples fondness of that music and each other....More

Thank bmlitt2017
Reviewed 20 January 2017

I was looking forward to,. well,. more of a concert and not a lesson and talk about family stories. There were about 5 songs in the first set, half of which were person history which is fine but not all that interesting. Had to leave...More

Thank sleepydog
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Understand this concert is just instrumental, and that with little variety. There is no singing. I felt like someone really into guitar would enjoy this, the four non-musicians in our group found it way too long. I cannot recommend this unless you are a guitar...More

Thank travelntom
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The music was beautiful, and though Doug's masterful slack key guitar and beautiful compositions were the highlight Sandy's Ukulele playing complemented the guitar nicely. I enjoyed hearing the history of the development of the slack key guitar style, and seeing and hearing examples of both...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 28 December 2016

The stories and music played by the McMasters are great--you get a real sense of slack key history and theory. But we went more than once and heard all the same stuff. It's also a bit pricey now; a great deal at $15; not so...More

Thank kubatana
Sandy M, Owner at Mc Master Slack Key Concerts, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Aloha and thank you for sharing your experience! Our mission, given to us by the elder slack key caretaker of Molokai, Keli'i Mawae, is to perpetuate this Hawaiian family music. As he said, 'As long as people hear the stories and music, they will carry...More

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Response from William O | Reviewed this property |
Check their website, they keep it pretty up to date on times. This is a do not miss if able to attend. A great way to relax from the day at the beach.
6 March 2016|
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Response from Salivary | Reviewed this property |
Got this too late. Hope you enjoyed it.