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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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Just play, It’s a “Concert” not Daytime TV

From a musician standpoint Doug is talented but the storytelling just brings it down because people... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Casey B
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Inspiring and impressive

This couple has dedicated their life to sharing the beauty and history of this music. They are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bethany K
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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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Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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+1 808-826-1469
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

From a musician standpoint Doug is talented but the storytelling just brings it down because people are disengaged by the time they start playing. I found myself drifting off into a daze during the very lax history talk. Paraphrase please... 3 hour concerts aren’t a...More

Thank Casey B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This couple has dedicated their life to sharing the beauty and history of this music. They are masters at their art, the music was beautiful and relaxing.

Thank Bethany K
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Doug and Sandy provide an evening of masterfully played music, fascinating history lessons, heartwarming and humorous personal stories, and even an inspiring spiritual experience. We are so grateful for our evening with them.

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

Sandy and Doug McMaster deliver a big dose of Aloha at the Hanalei Community center......two hours of wonderful slack key guitar and ukelele music, punctuated by lots of history and stories. Intermission features refreshments.....a bowl of Oreos an a cup of water.......perfect!

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

Great concert. Intimate setting, family friendly. Clean and great location in Hanalei. Beautiful music but most really very talented slack key musician. Loved the stories and music.

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

This is a beautiful concert in a small setting featuring classic and newer slack key guitar and ukulele pieces. The music is punctuated with stories that bring forth the context of the pieces and relate the rich history of Hawaiian slack key. Doug and Sandy...More

Thank MGSK
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

This is a must if you go to Kauai. The music, i8t's history and the CHEEKY was it is presented to magical. We attend this event whenever we are on the island.

Thank martin82001
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

It was a real privilege to spend the evening listening to the McMaster's Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele concert. It was held in the All Saints Church in Kapa'a at dusk with all of the doors and windows open to the nature surrounding it. The...More

Thank Thea L
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Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile

I did not know what slack key guitar was so wasn’t expecting to enjoy it very much. The name slack key sounds harsh and unappealing and weird. What a Surprise...slack key sounds better than regular guitar. Because the Hawaiian people long ago didn’t have other...More

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Aloha! We wanted to see some local entertainment on our stay at The Garden Island. We came across this traditional slack key ukulele concert that was held at All Saints Church in Kapaa. The concert was little over 2 hours, they had intermission with cookies...More

Thank Mike Y
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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.
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