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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 ending to our trip

Doug and Sandy provided 2 beautifully calm quiet hours of informative relaxation, complete with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
drue w
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Lots of culture and some music to boot!

I think tourists will love this. There is storytelling in between musical pieces. In fairness... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Diana V
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“talk story” (8 reviews)
Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
+1 808-826-1469
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Doug and Sandy provided 2 beautifully calm quiet hours of informative relaxation, complete with historic presentation of a variety of songs on guitar and ukulele. It was just what we needed at the end of our nice Kauai visit. We purchased CDs to remember them...More

Thank drue w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think tourists will love this. There is storytelling in between musical pieces. In fairness, there’s probably more storytelling and anecdotes than music. This isn’t a concert per se. it’s more a personal history session interspersed with traditional Hawaiian slack key music. I liked it...More

Thank Diana V
Sandy M, Owner at Mc Master Slack Key Concerts, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo nui loa for your feedback and suggestions... very much appreciated. In presenting the historical and cultural context of Hawaiian slack key and particularly a family music tradition, we incorporate storytelling as in most folk traditions. There are typically 13-15 musical pieces performed. Kupuna (elders)...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017

We had been able to hear some free music over on the big island, but wanted to hear the McMasters because of their deep understanding of old style slack key: it's history, and they way music was played as a Hawaiian family tradition. This is...More

Thank Ginger W
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

One of those things we have always wanted to do. Glad we finally did. Very entertaining and educational. There was a lot of history shared. The music was exceptional. Very happy.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Attended my first Slack Key concert with my cousins (there were 4 of us). This is not what I expected. Yet, it was really, really good. Delightful! Very small group (about 20 - 25 in all). The music was original by the couple that played....More

Thank Mery C
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

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Reviewed 4 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 5 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

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12 April 2016|
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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.
5 March 2016|
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Response from Salivary | Reviewed this property |
Got this too late. Hope you enjoyed it.