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  • See How the Ukulele is Made

    Stacks of rough koa timber beams give way to a small shop filled with sawdust, noisy machinery and fifty or so craftspeople cutting, sizing, sanding, bending, gluing, hammering and forming wood. Everyone works with a singular, determined purpose: to make the industry’s most sought after ukulele.

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  • The Ukulele: Time for You to Learn

    Have you ever played an ukulele? Have you picked one up and strummed your fingers (or fingernails) across its soft nylon strings? Have you heard the surprising rich, distinctive tones of those four silky filaments? If you haven’t, you really, really should. “What,” you say, “I’m no musician!” Guess what? It doesn’t matter. 

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  • The Poetry of Hawaiian Music

    Close up of koa ukuleleKi hoalu, which translates to English as "loosen the key," is the Hawaiian name for the solo fingerpicked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or "keys") are "slacked" to produce many different tunings.

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  • Makana is on the Move

    Makana plays slack key guitar at Waikiki Aquarium at sunsetPlaying gigs across Hawaii and on the Mainland.  Recording new material in Los Angeles.  Even meeting President Obama at the White House.  His incredible slack-key guitar skills are on display for those lucky to catch one of his live shows. Read More
  • An Interview with the Musician Daniel Ho

    Daniel Ho Slack Key GuitaristDespite winning more Grammy awards than he could safely carry, Daniel Ho remains a kind and giving soul. Speaking with him as he readied for a trip to Japan, he was happy discussing everything from the intricacies of melodic structure to his favorite Hawaiian fish restaurants.

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  • Special Compilation of Songs Promotes Ocean Conservation

    Underwater close up photograph of huge Hawaiian humpback whaleFour-time Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho, ki-ho‘alu master Kawika Kahiapo and singer-songwriter Jack Jonhson are just a few of Hawaii’s finest musicians to collaborate on a CD dedicated to ocean conservation. Kai Palaoa honors Hawaii’s deep and ancient connection to the ocean and encourages others to help protect and conserve its special treasures. Read More
  • Pixel Postcard: Happy Fifth Anniversary Kani Ka Pila Grille

    kani ka pila grille menuThis Saturday, Kani Ka Pila Grille celebrates five years of nightly Hawaiian music--live from 6 to 9--at the outdoor eatery. That's 1,820 days of continuous performances and 5,460 hours of music. At a minimum, Cyril Pahinui had played 780 hours of the total. The Hawaiian music legend--and son of Gabby "Pops" Pahinui--is so committed to his Wednesday night gig that he only signs contracts for other performances if they guarantee he'll be back by 6:00 each Wednesday evening. I love this about Uncle Cyril. "I made a commitment," he once told me, referring to his schedule. Read More
  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Cyril Pahinui

    cyril pahinui on waikiki beach with diamond head in backgroundWhen Cyril Pahinui arrives for his weekly Wednesday night gig at Kani Ka Pila Grille, the valet and bell team at Outrigger Reef on the Beach, spring into action. One opens Uncle Cyril’s car door. One grabs a luggage cart. Another starts unpacking Uncle Cyril’s gear, including the slack key guitar for which Cyril is known. Read More
  • Kawika Kahiapo: Playing Guitar, Singing Songs & Inspiring Hula at Kani Ka Pila Grille

    kawika kahiapo playing guitar at kani ka pila grilleRight at 6:00 as the sun made its descent in Waikiki, throwing a golden glow on the volcanic crater known as Diamond Head--or Leahi in Hawaiian--three women strolled through the lobby of Outrigger Reef on the Beach. They beelined--as best as the women, one using a cane, could beeline--for Kani Ka Pila Grille, and parked themselves at a particular table--a four-top with a direct view of the stage where Kawika Kahiapo was tuning his slack key guitar. Read More
  • Behind the Scenes with Na Pali Trio

    na pali trio performs at kani ka pila grilleI flew into Honolulu yesterday to listen to Na Pali Trio play at Kani Ka Pila Grille. The band won the recent Hawaiian music talent contest sponsored by Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Their award: a paid gig at Kani Ka Pila Grille for Thursdays through September. Read More
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