By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer

By Various Artists;  Daniel Ho Creations

Genre: Slack-key guitar with vocals.

Distinguishing notes: A dozen tracks, culled from a live, ongoing “Masters of Slack Key Guitar Concert Series” on Maui, features the usual luminaries of ki ho’alu sharing their artistry. The vocals add a truly expressive twist to the guitarmanship, and to experience these greats, side by side, is a joyous experience.

Dennis Kamakahi‘s “Maika’i Kaua’i” vocal projects a folksy, earthy texture to his chordings; Cyril Pahinui‘s “Nani Ka’ala,” similarly, has flavors and textures that come with seasoned performances. Brother Martin Pahinui is well-represented, too, with “Panini Pua Kea,” a rollicking hula favorite revived with zeal and tenderness.

Daniel Ho sings and strums on “Ku’uipo, My Darling,” showcasing his growing mastery of Hawaiian lyrics. Owana Salazar is the lone female on deck; her “Ali’i Poe” begins with an explanation, segueing into a mele proclaiming romance. Ledward Ka’apana‘s instrumental “Ku’uipo Onaona” spells romance, sans lyrics, since his fingers do the gentle talk-story. So many others are part of the jam: Keoki Kahumoku, George Kahumoku Jr., Bobby Ingano and [newcomer] Sterling Seaton.

Because of its live setting, there’s applause, even coughs, with a few performers tossing in a “mahalo” or two.

Our take: This is the third in a continuing ki ho’alu series, and likely not the last. Another reason to proclaim, “Maui no ka ‘oi.

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