Kahilu Theatre’s 16th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Fest

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The Kahilu Theatre will be hosting the 16th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival November 15-17, 2018.

A festival like no other in the state, this legendary music event will include Jake Shimabukuro, Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Led Kaapana, Nathan Awaeau, Mike Kaawa, and Brittni Paiva. Over the course of three days there will be workshop classes offered in addition to the evening of concerts. Prior to the festival, these musicians will also participate in Kahilu’s Education Outreach Program where they will perform together 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.

Jake Shimabukuro (photo: Steve Roby)

The festival begins with a Kanikapila concert Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm. Audience members are given an opportunity bring a musical instrument from home and join the masters on the Kahilu stage in an all-out jam session during the second half of the performance. Those who chose to bring an instrument from home will also receive a discounted ticket price.

Nathan Awaeau (photo by Steve Roby)

Friday, November 16 at 7 pm continues the festivities with the Ho’olaule’a concert. The artists will each take the stage individually and in small groups to showcase their favorite songs and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations. Truly capturing the essences of celebration that is Ho’olaule’a.

Jeff Peterson (photo by Steve Roby)

The festival will conclude Saturday, November 17 at 4 pm as the musicians say farewell with their Hana Hou concert. Saturday morning several of the musicians will also be teaching workshops at the Kahilu Theatre covering subjects from Slack Key styles, electric ‘ukulele, and songwriting.

For more info please visit: http://kahilutheatre.org

 

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