Sunday, February 14, 2016

Grammy Museum Presents Hawaiian Guitar Tradition Through April 30 2016

Kī Hō'alu: honoring the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition

By Karen Ostlund

The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts, is now presenting Kī Hōʻalu: Honoring the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition.
It is a new exhibit exploring one of the world's greatest acoustic guitar traditions, and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Hawaiian music and kicks off Mele Mei 2016 with Mele Mei In L.A. -
which will feature performances by renowned Hawaiian artists and musicians.
Slack Key Guitar at Grammy Museum

"A large part of our mission at the GRAMMY Museum is to honor all genres of music. We are excited to celebrate the diversity and revered history of Hawaiian music, and the important influence of the slack key guitar tradition."
said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum
With a history that dates back to the 1800s, the unique sound of slack key comes from the resonance of the tunings and techniques that mimic the yodels and falsettos rooted in ancient chants that are common in Hawaiian singing. Through artifacts and historical instruments that trace the history of this Hawaiian music tradition, the Museum’s tribute to the slack key guitar serves as the official kickoff of the Mele Mei 2016 celebration in Hawai‘i.
"Hawaiian music is beloved the world over and we applaud the GRAMMY Museum for this new exhibit showcasing an authentic piece of Hawai'i's artistic heritage, the slack key guitar. Guests to the opening day celebration will feel like they have been transported to the islands, being able to relax and enjoy the beautiful melodies by some of Hawai'i's very best slack key guitar artists."
said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (Music May) is a month long celebration of Hawai'i's music, hula and culture.  
Music and hula events are at various hotels, venues, on the beach and statewide. From ‘ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to slack key, island reggae to rock-and everything in between-Mele Mei has something for everyone.
Jeff Peterson
The same week leading up to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Mele Mei In L.A. will begin with a daytime education workshop where students will explore Hawaiian music traditions and instruments with participating slack key guitar artists.
The exhibit will include intimate concerts in the GRAMMY Museum's Clive Davis Theater with performances by GRAMMY® winner Charles Brotman, GRAMMY nominees Amy Hānaiali'i, Raiatea Helm, and Jeff Peterson, and Kawika Kahiapo, Makana,
Bobby Moderow Jr. of Maunalua, and PALI.
Tickets at

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Memories

“Outrigger Resorts is proud to lend its support to Mele Mei in LA,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate communications, Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Through events like Mele Mei in Hawai'i and Outrigger’s E Mele Ana music program, guests and visitors are provided a front row seat year-round to experience authentic Hawaiian music and culture. With the launch of Mele Mei in LA, Outrigger Resort is proud to help shine a spotlight on the amazing talent of our local musicians and the music of Hawai'i to an even broader audience thanks to the GRAMMY Museum exhibit.”

  • Grammy Museum LA 800 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Through Apr 30, 2016
  • M-F: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM 


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