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Address: Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 808-826-1469
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Description: Doug and Sandy have been giving authentic Hawaiian slack key guitar and...
Doug and Sandy have been giving authentic Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukelele concerts twice a week at Hanalei Community Center since 1999. They're a standard attraction and an excellent way for visitors to learn about the history of Hawaii's slack key music as well as old stories that inspired the music - Sandy also relates some of the cultural connections of the survival of this native Hawaiian music. Their primary purpose is to make people aware of the history and cultural importance of this type of music. 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.
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Delightful, relaxing, charming, historical

My wife and I recently attended the McMaster Slack Key concert at the Hanalei community center. It was a lovely experience--one of the best possible in Hawaii--not to be missed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Doug is an excellent slack key guitarist and Sandy plays ukulele very well and tells some very interesting stories. This would be a 5 star review if the concert were at least 70% slack key and no more than 30% story telling. Unfortunately it is 60% or more Sandy talking stories. She is a very good story teller but she... More 

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Weatherford, Ok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My wife and I recently attended the McMaster Slack Key concert at the Hanalei community center. It was a lovely experience--one of the best possible in Hawaii--not to be missed. We were so impressed that we bought their complete collection of cd's. The concert consisted of great music and interesting history interwoven. We will return anytime we are in Kauai.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We really enjoyed the Mc Master Slack Key concert - it was a wonderful way to get a sense of old Hawaii music. I liked the stories and background that Sandy provided as well. I hope this tradition lives on for a long time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My wife, daughter and I attended the McMaster's concert, never having developed a taste for slack key guitar, and totally enjoyed ourselves so much we purchases a couple CDs! Doug is indeed a virtuoso guitar player as well as a great entertainer with a very enjoyable sense of humor. Sandy is a super hostess, very good ukulele player, and had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

He's amazing guitarist, and the two of them (Sandy ukulele and Doug on guitar) have an entertaining and educational banter to add to the experience. Have a much greater appreciation of the art now. Definitely on my 'to do' list!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is really a must do for anyone interested in Hawaiian music and tradition. Doug is an amazing musician and Sandy tells wonderful stories of the music and the mystique of the islands. For an amazingly low price you get two hours of beautiful music and some insight into its history. We go every time we come to Kauai and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Music to float away on ... both are talented musicians. Concert was about 2 hours well worth the time and the $20. Sandy gave background stories of the songs which made listening even better, and speaks the hawaiian words quite well. Both she & Doug have a delightful sense of humor. The CDs are available right there so you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Sitting in a little community hall, listening to Sandy pass history and local knowledge down to the audience, Doug playing the most beautiful serene music, and so we spent the afternoon, enthralled and taken away to a very beautiful place. It doesn't get any better than this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We have returned to Mc Master Slack Key Concerts on each of our three visits to Kauai. These concerts are a highlight of our visit. The music is utterly beautiful and relaxing and the narrative provided with the music explains how Slack Key guitar music developed in the Hawaiian Islands. If you visit Kauai, by all means go!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The McMasters are amazingly talented and informative. The venue was ideal and their concert was an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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