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Slack Key Artists

Carlos Andrade

A great musician, skilled composer, author,
professor at UHM Hawaiian Studies

Haunani Apoliona


One of the best wahine slack key players, a great singer and composer

Keola Beamer


One of the greatest slack key players of all time, a genius, one of my hugest influences

Kevin Brown


Wonderful player from Maui, a gentle and kind man, father of Ikaika

Danny Carvalho


I call him “da Bomb”, tremendous player, the best of his generation, my star student

Cindy Combs


One of the best wahine players, great contemporary stylings,
based on Kaua`i

Noland Conjugacion


Better known as “Brother Noland”, great composer, player, hunter, sportsman

Steven (Steve) Espaniola


Met at the first S. California Slack Key Fest, gifted falsetto singer, slack key artist

Doug Fitch


Slack key artist, singer, songwriter, apprenticeship under the great Led Kaapana

Stephen (Steve) Inglis


Multi-talented, strong vocals/falsetto, slack key artist, great guitar work

Ledward Kaapana


Legendary, a huge influence, great entertainer, my favorite player to watch and hear

George Kahumoku


Man of amazing talents, great ambassador of slack key, I learned a lot from George!

Dennis Kamakahi


The greatest composer of his generation, my favorite vocalist, another legend

John Keawe


Sweet slack key stylings, skilled vocalist, performer

Agnes Kimura


Best wahine slack key player from Japan, wonderful vocalist, entertainer

Sonny Lim


One of my favorite slack key artists, great personality, versatile player



Charismatic performer, polished skills, and a great future beyond Hawaii

Bobby Moderow


Former student of Raymond Kane, great personality/falsetto singer with Maunalua

Bla Pahinui


Truly original with wonderful vocal and instrumental stylings, a unique artist

Cyril Pahinui


One of the best slack key artists ever, great movement, impressive stylization

Martin Pahinui


Sounds like his Dad, the great Gabby Pahinui, one of my favorite vocalists, kind soul



Incredible talent, I admire all his skills – slack key, composing, amazing vocals

Jeff Peterson


The new generation artist with great guitar skills in jazz used effectively in slack key

Owana Salazar


A great performer, vocalist, and slack key artist – tremendously gifted talent

Ray Sowders


Former student of Ray Kane, nice vocals, slack key

Paul Togioka


Based on Kauai, strong slack key, former banjo player

Kimo West


Creative player based in Los Angeles, uses original tunings, guitarist for Al Yankovic

Yuki Yamauchi


Best slack key artist in Japan, goes by “Alani”, name given to him by Ray Kane


Ukulele Artists

Benny Chong

Incredible chops, jazz ukulele stylist, amazing talent

David Kamakahi


Wonderful young player influenced by Eddie Kamae and others, starting solo career

Herb Ohta, Jr.


Well schooled, great arrangements, strong influence for many young players

Brittni Paiva


Young, multi-talented, based in Hilo, plays slack key as well, seasoned performer

Jake Shimabukuro


The most successful player to make it big on the mainland, great technician


Guitarists (Other, Steel)

Bob Brozman

One of the great entertainers/players of recent times on steel, multi-genre/culture

Darin Leong


Great touch, clean playing, enjoyable compositions, easy listening, multi-talented

Nathan Aweau


One of the greatest vocalists/musicians ever to hail from Hawaii, phenomenal

Bobby Ingano


Tremendous steel/ guitar player, great touch on the instrument, versatile

Mark Hanson


Author of Alternate Tunings, a great teacher and player, based in Oregon

Jamie O'Brien


Wonderful Irish singer, storyteller, musician, now based in New Jersey

Harry Koizumi


Multitalented artist, plays slack key and steel guitar, rock and classical guitar



Cheryl Bartlett

Multi-talented singer, songwriter, dancer, former Miss Hawaii, listen to U`ilani

Teresa Bright


Great vocal stylist, years of continuously fine music, I played on her Hawaiinawa cd

Eric Keawe


Son of Auntie Genoa, my classmate from Roosevelt, a great person and musician

Joanie Komatsu


Many great compositions, skilled vocalist, guitarist, I played w/Sonny last on her cd

Anjani Thomas


Great singer, songwriter, based in Los Angeles, I played for “Kanaloa” on “Anjani”

Jon Yamasato


Gifted vocalist, rhythm guitarist, apprenticed under Dennis Kamakahi, class act


Music Stores

Good Guys Music


Gryphon Stringed Instruments


Harry's Music


Hilo Guitars


Island Guitars


Kamaka Ukulele




Koaloha Ukulele



Other Links

Charles Brotman

Lava Tracks is the personal studio of GRAMMY Award winning guitarist / composer / producer Charles Michael Brotman

Dancing Cat Records


Dancing Cat Records releases Hawaiian Slack Key music produced by George Winston

East Hawaii Cultural Center


Keith Haugen




Milton Lau


Native Books
and Beautiful Things


Orange Tree Productions






An online community dedicated to Hawaiian slack key guitar & `ukulele

whodaguy (Ron Jacobs)





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