Metro Library’s Our World Series Presents Masters of Slack Key Guitar and Hula


When mainlanders think of Hawaiian music they think of steel guitars, ukuleles, and Don Ho.  But there’s more to it than that.

The Metropolitan Library System’s annual Our World series presents masters of slack key guitar and hula, Keola and Moana Beamer in concert during the month of November.  The Beamers will present ten programs at ten different library locations.

“Keola and Moana Beamer are Hawaii’s first couple of authentic island music and dance,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow.  “They tour the world as ambassadors of Hawaii’s cultural arts.  They bring to life the natural beauty and the cultural awareness that makes Hawaii uniquely appealing.”

Slack key is the mellow, melodic guitar style indigenous to Hawaii, created by loosening the strings of the guitar.  It is a style that is popular now but that did not transfer to the mainland during the Hawaiian music craze of the 1920s.

“When Keola Beamer plays and Moana Beamer dances, it’s easy to imagine yourself seated under a palm tree on the beach of Honolulu,” Morrow added.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website,

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