& the Slack Key Guy When Doug was six,
he convinced his father to order a
Roy Rogers & Trigger guitar from the mail order
catalog. And he's been playing slack key guitar - ki ho'alu
- ever since.
Years later, in the house Sandy shared
with college roommates there was an old green couch and next to it sat
a roommate's acoustic guitar in a stand. Upon entering the room,
Doug asked permission to play the guitar. Sandy watched as he fiddled
with the tuners and started to play the most beautiful music she had ever
heard. That first year he bought her a guitar and started teaching
her to play this beautiful music.
Over twenty five years have passed
and throughout they have created and shared Hawaiian slack key guitar
and ukulele in the traditional style. Inspired by traditional
greats Raymond Kane,
and Leonard Kwan;
contemporary greats Keola Beamer,
Ledward Kaapana, and
Moses Kahumoku; they
have dedicated their lives to perpetuating slack key music.
- Continue the Tradition
Slack key is a family tradition. Doug & Sandy
McMaster are prolific composers and storytellers.
While living on Molokai, Doug became known as the 'slack key guy'
after receiving the seal of approval from local slack key master
Kelii Mawae. Moving home to Kauai from Molokai in 1999, they began
giving regular concerts with special emphasis on sharing the history
of the beautiful and rare Hawaiian tradition. These concerts are
held in the Hanalei Family Community Center against the backdrop
of magnificent mountains, taro fields, traditional hula halau, and
amazing rainbows. Visit the live dates
section to see the schedule.
Serenade International Tour
Every evening underneath the ironwoods behind the lifeguard tower
by Hanalei Bay, the soothing sounds of slack key serenade the sun
to sleep. This too, is a family tradition first cemented with
the encouragement of Aunty Edith and dog friend Betty.
People from all walks of life and all over the world join them in
watching the magical light shows of Hanalei Sunsets -- a new kind
of international tour!
the Worldwide Slack Key 'Ohana (Family)
In response to our fans demands, we've released 10
instrumental music CDs, a Sunsets Screensaver, and a CD
documentary of Hawaiian slack key music, and a Hawaiian
Slack Key Relaxation CD, a Slack Key Sampler, and a DVD Documentary "SUNSET DIARY - The Secret Life of Slack Key Guitar". Everyone loves to take a little bit
of Hanalei and the magic of ki ho'alu at sunset home with them.
Our CDs bring the soothing relaxation
of Hanalei and ki ho'alu to them whenever they need it in their
daily lives in other parts of the world.
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surf of Hanalei Bay, this music will instantly relax you and put
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this CD [In A Land Called Hanalei] is the
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