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Slack Key Days Festival 2018

August 5th, 2018 at 1:00 pm8:00 pm

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Annual festival celebrating family music, art, and Aloha!

2018 Festival Honors James Keli’ipio Kahea Mawae of Molokai

Lifelong caretaker of Traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar music.

James Keli’ipio Kahea Mawae of Moloka‘i has perpetuated the family music tradition of Hawaiian slack key guitar, a legacy passed to him by his grandmother Lucy Kapika Mahina Panaewa.

He is an exceptional role model, sharing his way of life and talents. As special advisor to Senators, to NOAA ( sh & whale preservation), WestPac ( shery management), and USDA Molokai Agricultural Development Program, he continues to work for the people of Moloka’i and Hawaii to preserve, protect, and manage natural resources.

Known as the Honorary Mayor of Molokai, he always shares his bounty from farming, fishing, and hunting with the community. “It’s the Hawaiian way.”, says Keli’i. We honor his family lineage and connection to Kaua’i through his ancestors

Kelii-O-Nahuawai KAUAUA (1786-1886) and Kauai-O-Kalanialiimaumau (1788-1884)

Traditional slack key music embraces you with Aloha creating an oasis of peace and deep relaxation… making everything right. Keli’i always says

‘Slack key brings everyone together.’ – Keli’i Mawae

Slack Key Days 2018 FESTIVAL    (Free)
Music, Food, Family fun, Artisan Faire
Location: Prince Albert Park, Princeville (4334 Emmalani Rd.)


1 pm: Festival Artisan Faire OpensLocally made art- paintings, jewelry, soaps, ceramics, photography, fabric art & wood products

2 pm: Festival Music Begins (artists, times & lineup subject to change)
            Festival T-shirts and Keli’i’s CD “Out Mo’omomi Way” will be available at the Slack Key Music Center pop-up.

  • Ho’onani (ukulele duo)
  • Lindsay Maclean (family music therapy) Not My First Rodeo (country)
  • Mango Brothers (Hawaiian)
  • Pancho Graham (slack key guitar)
  • Honored Guest James Keli’ipio Kahea Mawae (~ 6pm)
  • Keli’i Mawae (slack key guitar)
  • Doug & Sandy McMaster (slack key guitar & ukulele)

Event sponsored by Princeville at Hanalei Community Association and the Slack Key Music Center.
To help perpetuate and preserve the family music tradition of Hawaiian slack key, visit the 501c3 nonprofit, Slack Key Music Center.


The Princeville community center and Prince Albert Park is easy to find at 4334 Emmalani Drive in Princeville, Kauai.

More information:

SKMC 2018 Events
or call (808) 826-1469.

Accessible and Family Friendly: This facility is accessible for all ages and abilities and family friendly with nice grassy area, playground, and park for parents to take restless children.  The park is the perfect setting for this summer music and art festival.

Event Location:

Prince Albert Park, Princeville

4334 Emmalani Rd.
Princeville, HI 96722 United States