This weekend, Aug. 17-19: Lana’i Slack Key Guitar Festival

By Megan Hazen

Usually, the saying “the best things in life are free” strikes me as ridiculous. Kona Mud Pie is not free. Alaskan cruises are not free. Music festivals are not… wait, the Lanai Slack Key Guitar Festival is free! Hop on the ferry for a three-day music and cultural fest on Lanai this weekend. Festivities include performances by Grammy- and Na Hoku Hanohano-winning artists, a Stand Up Paddle workshop with Ekolu Kalama and a CD release party of the fest’s performances. The fest will feature musicians Benny Uyetake, Kevin Brown, Brother Noland, Dennis Kamakahi, John Keawe, Kawika Kahiapo, Ernest Puaa and more. See below for the full schedule. Free. Aug. 17-19. Lanai; 808-565-4000;

Schedule from Press Release:

FRIDAY EVENTS – Coffee Works: Start the morning with a ‘cup of joe’ at the Slack Key Java Jam with Benny Uyetake. Free. 9-11am; Cafe 565: Enjoy live music in Lanai City during lunch with a performance by Kevin Brown. Free. 11am-1pm; Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay: Legendary performers take to the stage for an enchanting evening of slack guitar. Manele Bay will feature a special dinner under the stars. Free. 6-9pm.

SATURDAY EVENTS – The Lodge at Koele: The Great Hall will come alive with an afternoon of award winning slack key music. The line-up includes Dennis Kamakahi, John Keawe, Brother Noland, Kevin Brown, Benny Uyetake, Kawika Kahiapo, Ernest Puaa, Kevin Brown and a hula performance by Hope Keawe. Free. 4-8pm.

SUNDAY EVENTS – No Ka Oi Grindz: Enjoy live music in Lanai City with a morning jam session featuring Ernest Puaa. Free. 9:30-11:30am; The Lodge at Koele: The music continues with Sunday Brunch in the Great Hall with Kevin Brown. Free. 11am-1pm; The festival concludes with an evening performance in the Great Hall with Kevin Brown. Free. 7-9pm.

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