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20th Annual Slack Key Festival Sunday in Kona

August 27, 2012, 7:28 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:15 PM
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In 1980, the world lost a great slack key guitar master, Charles Phillip Pahinui, also known as Gabby “Pops” Pahinui.

His legendary contribution to the art and revival of slack key guitar had inspired a tribute and festival to a great son of Hawai’i.

On Sunday, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa will feature music from slack key artists from noon to 6 p.m.

Hawaiian slack key guitar music, or ki-ho`alu, is an acoustic guitar art where the strings are loosened, or made slack.

When the strings are picked, the sound is rich and lingers in the air.

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Expect to see and hear artists such as Ledward Kaapana, Brother Noland, Ben Kaili, John Keawe, LT Smooth, Stephen Inglis, Dennis Kamakahi, Keale, Paul Togioka and more.

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There will also be arts and crafts as well as local food favorites at the festival.

A $10 donation at the door grants entry into the day’s festivities.

The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa is located on Ehukai Street off Ali`i Drive in the Keauhou area of Kailua-Kona. For more information visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.

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