Aloha Plenty Slack Key in a Hanalei Taropatch
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Aloha Plenty
the publishing and production company
committed to helping
spread the aloha spirit of Hawaii nei
throughout the world.

Today's world is stressful, pressured, and fast paced
We "Tune Your World to Aloha!" make music that helps you relax, feel better, deal with the daily life stresses, recover, and keep the spirit of aloha in their days. Our CDs help you to help yourself feel better anytime, anywhere. Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar music bypasses the ego centers of the brain, causing brain waves to move toward meditative and creative states and the body to release tension without any conscious effort on your part.

To feel better fast... Click Here to Order A CD Island of Peace CD with Video, Screensaver, and Sunset Photos

It started with Roy Rogers and Trigger
At six years of age, Doug saw a small guitar with Roy Rogers and Triggers painted on it in a Western Auto catalog. He was mesmerized and knew it would be his. With his dad’s help and collection of many eggs, the guitar was his and his sojourn into Hawaiian slack key music began. He made up his own tunings and songs.

Twenty years later, A Merging of Paths
On my roommate’s guitar, Doug fiddled with the tuners and started playing the most beautiful music I had ever heard. My heart sung. So much for the doctor my mom had planned.

After a few years of working as a computer scientist, I, with the help of Ray Kane, convinced Doug his purpose in life was to be a traditional slack key guitar player. We are both lifelong students of life’s mysteries. Together, we share the music and stories, helping people to feel better and benefit from the ancient Hawaiian wisdom of this music.

Family Traditions and Doing the Work We Love
Slack key music is traditionally a family heirloom. It’s secrets are revealed slowly over time, requiring dedication, focus, and discipline. It’s an endangered art form. Given this incredible gift of music and story that help people feel better, it is our kuleana (responsibility) to ho’omau (continue the tradition).

7 Days A Week
Every sunset, for years (2,256 days to be exact) we honored the tradition of serenading the sun to bed, thanking the ancestors for their guidance, expressing gratitude for another day on this paradise of earth, and sending the aloha of slack key out to the world over the waves of Hanalei Bay. Aunty Edith and surf dog Betty started us playing for sunsets and with their help we realized this portion of our mission. We now share sunset at least once a week.

At least twice a week we share the music, the stories, and the aloha in concerts set against the beautiful Hanalei mountains, waterfalls, taro fields, rainbows, and fields of green. We’re joined by many locals including roosters, meadowlarks, thrush, mynah, gecko, horses, nosey white birds, and always the ancestors.

Through simple acts of aloha, everyone has the power to
create happiness, healing, and well being...
for themselves... for others...
for their community... for the world!

In a nutshell,
through slack key music, stories, and the awesome nature of Hawaii
we create experiences of aloha.

We are dedicated to preserving, promoting, and perpetuating the beautiful and rare instrumental fingerstyle guitar artform called Hawaiian slack key or ki ho'alu. Ki Ho'alu means "to loosen or slacken the keys".

 

 

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