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“Intolerable-buy a CD instead”

Mc Master Slack Key Concerts
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Tucson, Arizona
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Intolerable-buy a CD instead”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

I do not usually write reviews and especially do not like speaking negatively about good people, but I disagree with 99% of the reviewers. As I read the other reviews, I wonder if we saw a different show? We were anticipating a moving, soul-stirring experience, but that is a far cry from what we received. I hope this feedback will be of value to others as well as to the McMasters. We attended their performance a few weeks ago and were very excited about it. My husband plays guitar, my brother plays Ukelele & guitar. We all love music and Hawaiian culture. The problem with this show is that it's mostly talk & very little music. The program says they will play 6-7 songs per set with an intermission in between. They actually played fewer than that and each song was about 3-4 minutes long. We calculated that we heard roughly 40 minutes of music in the very painful 2 1/2 hours we were there. The music was beautiful but they would talk for 10 plus minutes between each brief song which would quickly dissolve the relaxed state you were in. If the talking had been limited to Hawaiian culture and slack key guitar, that would have been at least what we paid for; however, much of it was ridiculous marital bantering between Sandy and Doug that was not at all humorous or entertaining. We weren't there to watch them bicker & banter. Moreover, Doug could not stop talking about an irrelevant TV show called "The Housewives of Beverly Hills" which none of us were in the least bit interested in hearing about. It was truthfully more intolerable than I can say and it was my brother that convinced the rest of us not to leave at intermission. Re: the intermission, they use it to promote & sell their CD's, give away door prizes & serve Oreo cookies. My husband and I got the feeling that the McMasters are totally bored with their own show after boasting that they'd done over 1000 of them. They desperately need to reenergize their performance, shift the focus from talking to playing and eliminate all of the unrelated chatter which was a complete waste of everyone's time & money. If you want to enjoy their music, I sadly must recommend downloading one of their CD's & skipping this show.

Visited June 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Moving, amazing, and delightful concert”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you want to experience the soul of Hawaii, let Sandy and Doug transport you on the wings of beautiful music and a moving talk story and deeply stir your soul in the process.

Mahalo, Doug and Sandy

Visited June 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly Delightful”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

So the weather is a bit unusually unpleasant for 'paradise'---grey, windy, scattered showers---so we to spend a Sunday afternoon going to a "Hawaiian Slack Key Concert". Could not figured out what that was but, hey, I think admission was $10 (by far the cheapest thing to do in Hawaii) so we went.
How nice it was! Intimate setting, small group. Husband and wife team up to present soft, mellow Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, etc. music. All instrumental.
This is a QUIET experience to be enjoyed with contemplation. (Little ones will not sit still for this. Not a single car crash occurred during the show.)

Visited May 2014
Thank mer1956
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Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“For the meditative”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

Hearing Doug and Sandy McMaster welcome us and the ancestors to the Community Centre is one of our must-dos whenever we visit Kauai. The stories change, but the message through words and playing is the same about the legacy of slack key guitar, the spirit of the Hawaiian people and their music, and the goodness of sitting quietly to listen to soothing, sometimes humorous, musical stories.

Visited May 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unforgettable Show - A Can't Miss Kauai Experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

We wandered into this show on a rainy Sunday afternoon a few years back and fell in love with Doug and Sandy. If you are looking for an over produced hotel Luau, this isn't the show for you. It's two great musicians and storytellers making musical magic in one of the most tranquil settings you can imagine. A bargain for $20. We bought multiple CD's and still get e-mails with updates from Sandy every week! We go back every time we're in Kauai. Kids might get bored, but if you're a stressed out adult, this is the cure for what ails you! Aloha, Doug & Sandy!!!

Visited September 2013
Thank Chad S
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