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Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Maui Arts and Cultural Center

MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER - KAHULUI MAUI HI

The 17th Annual Slack Key Guitar Festival - June 22, 2008

One Cameron Way (off Kahului Beach Road)

This past Sunday was the annual Ki Ho'Alu (Slack Key Guitar) Festival on Maui.  Every year a number of well known and lesser known artists come together for a wonderful musical event on our sunny isle of Maui.  I can't believe this has been going on for so many years and they can still offer it to us for nothing.  THANK YOU to the sponsors.

 

The venue is the outdoor A&B Amphitheather which is a grassy enclosed area facing the stage.  Some bleachers and folding chairs are set up at the back, and you can bring a blanket or beach chair if you want to sit closer to the performers.  I went with a friend and we brought some chairs and got a good spot close to the front, on one side.  The weather was great - a little overcast, so we didn't get sunburnt.  The Hawaiian music was wonderful - it's so relaxing and tropical sounding.  

 

There was plenty of other things to do while enjoying the fine Hawaiian music.  There were  some yummy food vendors, and a beer and wine tent.  Along the shaded sides of the building were tables set up for artists and crafters to sell their wares, and information booths too.  We had a wonderful meal of cajun grilled fish with mango salsa, served with salad and brown rice, made by Alexanders of Kihei.

macc

 

That's the beer and wine tent, nice and shady and still a good view of the stage.  I guess they want to contain the patrons in case they get rowdy!

The stage has traditionally been covered with a tent, in the event of rain.  Upcoming plans will have this tent replaced with a permanent structure of glass, in the next 18 months.  This will finalize the original vision of the entire facility which was opened in 1994.  Here on Maui we really love the MACC, which is a world class focal point for the arts and entertainment.

Next year the festival takes place on June 28th - a Sunday - so mark your calendars now!

Call the MACC for more info 808 242-2787, or check out their website.

 

gary halemau performs at the MACC on Maui

 

 

The show played from 2 - 7 pm.  Each artist had a turn on the stage to play and sing a few tunes.  This is Gary Haleamau and some friends perfoming his 20 minute set.  He now lives in Las Vegas with his family.

Some of the other performers:

  • Ledward Kaapana
  • George Kahumoku & Friends
  • Kevin & Ikaika Brown
  • Paul Togioka
  • Makana
  • Michael Kaawa
  • HAPA

 Thanks for visiting - come back soon.  Aloha from Maui.

Comment balloon 8 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • June 26 2008 04:54AM

Comments

GH,

I wish I could jet on over and see this!

Looks like a blast....

I love the Big Island..

Posted by Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission. (Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. ) over 10 years ago

Georgina, The tradewinds blowing under a Maui sky, friends, family, kau kau, and beer - what more could you ask for in life.  Looks like it was a success.  A Hilo Wahine

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 10 years ago

Hunter, looks like we were on opposite sides of the venue. I was over close to the guitar display. Another good slack key fest. They were all great, but Makana was my favorite. He is incredible on guitar.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Scott - maybe you can make it out for next year

Leolinda - you know the recipe for a great Sunday..... love Hilo btw  Thanks for dropping in

Pete - you're right, he can really rock out.... bought his CD.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Wow...must have been fun, love listening to slack key guitar, the outdoor festivals in Hawaii are the best...cool breezes, wonderful music and great food!

Posted by Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Consultants Palm Desert (RE/MAX Palm Desert #1 Agent 2017 to 2010) about 10 years ago

Elaine - yup, and here at the MACC the crowds are small so you don't feel overwhelmed.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Georgina - this looks like so much fun! Wish I could be there!!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

BJ - click your heels 3 times....

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

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