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Mc Master Slack Key Concerts

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Address: Malolo Rd., Hanalei Community Center, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
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+1 808-826-1469

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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McMaster Slack Key

No slacking with this couple - putting on 3-4 performances a week. We have been back 5 times, love the music and the narrative that Sandy gives on how the music came about, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No slacking with this couple - putting on 3-4 performances a week. We have been back 5 times, love the music and the narrative that Sandy gives on how the music came about, the history, and this couples fondness of that music and each other. The best way to hear authentic native Hawaiian music. And you can't beat the price... More 

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Bisbee, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I was looking forward to,. well,. more of a concert and not a lesson and talk about family stories. There were about 5 songs in the first set, half of which were person history which is fine but not all that interesting. Had to leave at intermission because I was frankly getting really bored. It was also very expensive at... More 

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New Orleans
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Understand this concert is just instrumental, and that with little variety. There is no singing. I felt like someone really into guitar would enjoy this, the four non-musicians in our group found it way too long. I cannot recommend this unless you are a guitar geek. It didn’t help that it started about 20 minutes late. I believe, as others... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The music was beautiful, and though Doug's masterful slack key guitar and beautiful compositions were the highlight Sandy's Ukulele playing complemented the guitar nicely. I enjoyed hearing the history of the development of the slack key guitar style, and seeing and hearing examples of both the distinctive tunings and the separate playing of bass line and melody. As another reviewer... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The stories and music played by the McMasters are great--you get a real sense of slack key history and theory. But we went more than once and heard all the same stuff. It's also a bit pricey now; a great deal at $15; not so much for $25. They are a little woo woo, but I enjoy that.

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Sandy M, Owner at Mc Master Slack Key Concerts, responded to this review

Aloha and thank you for sharing your experience! Our mission, given to us by the elder slack key caretaker of Molokai, Keli'i Mawae, is to perpetuate this Hawaiian family music. As he said, 'As long as people hear the stories and music, they will carry it in their hearts and take it all over the world... and it will survive."... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

As the old soul song goes, Doug & Sandy provide spiritual healing while educating us about the history of true Hawaiian slack key in a traditional "talk story" way in a magical setting behind the old green church in Hanalei. Keep an open mind to fully experience all that is offered here. It's a blessing they share their gifts... And... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the concert put on by the McMasters. We spotted a sign in front of the church where they were performing and stopped in on the spur of the moment. The music was beautiful and these people are talented and friendly. The concert certainly made for a complete and relaxing island experience.

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Lewiston, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I have never attended a Slack Key Concert while on Kauai, but looking for something authentic . It was easy to book the tickets,personal treatment and the setting is very special. The afternoon concert was special and recommend to all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful live concert. Beautiful music and a lesson in the history of Hawaiian slack key guitar. Every concert is a little different. We make this concert part of every visit to Kauai.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We saw something in the Hawaiian Airlines magazine about a slack key guitar concert at the community center. It's something different so I went online and purchased tickets and went to the concert. What an amazing experience. So relaxing and laid back. There was no hustle and bustle or long lines and parking problems like other concerts. It was like... More 

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