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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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Outstanding slack key guitar!

When you're in Kauai, and especially on the north shore, near Hanalei, there's no lack of ways to spend your time. Be sure to share a couple of hours of time and space with Doug... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

When you're in Kauai, and especially on the north shore, near Hanalei, there's no lack of ways to spend your time. Be sure to share a couple of hours of time and space with Doug and Sandy McMaster at one of their concerts. You will truly feel the Aloha! And hear some great guitar! They do a great job educating... More 

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Our family attended Doug and Sandy's concert at the Hanalei Community Center. It was so lovely. The stories Sandy tells of the songs that are "given" to Doug were wonderful. We will return when we come back to Kauai.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We go to hear Doug play every time we get to Kauai. It's always a different program and we always leave relaxed and refreshed. Sandy is an able partner to Doug's playing. Purchase a couple of their CDs to prolong your pleasure when you have to return to the mainland.

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Peoria, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

When I first suggested attending this to other family members, they thought I'd lost my mind. However, I had read several reviews that caused me to persist. So glad I did ...and much to their surprise, the rest of my family enjoyed it also. Slack key is apparently extremely difficult to learn and is part of the Hawaiian culture that... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Doug is a wonderful slack key guitarist! Sandy tells the history of songs and Hawaiian traditions and plays along with Doug. It is a very relaxing, enjoyable concert experience. I highly recommend that you attend one of their concerts when you are staying in Princeville or near Hanalei! It's an experience you won't forget!

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Ypsilanti, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Bring your pain and sorrows to Doug and Sandy McMasters for soothing at the Hanalei Community Center in Kauai! The two concerts I attended were highpoints in my six decades as a musician and music critic. They also had a remarkable effect on my back pain, which has lasted through the CDs I purchased (and won) there. Attend, to be... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Kauai should equal relaxation and the McMaster Slack Key concerts ooze relaxation. Doug has the perfect last name as he is a master of the slack key. Sandy provides a lesson of the slack key and quaint, island stories. The music is so beautiful and the McMasters are kind enough to talk with you between sets. If you have a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Great stories and even better music from Doug, I would suggest if your in Hanalei that you take the opportunity. It is very laid back , very island style so if your expecting a fast paced dynamic concert then this is not for you. Sandy's stories are very informative whilst Doug's are very amusing. Sit back and let the light... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Doug and Sandy are all Kauai. Their music is indigenous to Hanalei, and magical in its serenity. I highly recommend attending one of their "concerts" (more like having them in your home) or if you can't make it to Hanalei, buy their CD's. The best way you can spend your musical funds. Can't wait for the next visit to our... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We've attended probably 7 or 8 "concerts" over a 5 year period. As some reviewers have noted, these are not "concerts" in the traditional sense of heart-pumping non-stop music. Instead, the vibe is mellow, intimate, slow-down-and-learn some things about old traditional slack key and the culture it comes from. If that vibe isn't what you are open to then probably... More 

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Address: Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 808-826-1469
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanalei

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