Slack-key festival, charity craft fair Sunday

LIHUE — The Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club offers an opportunity for shoppers to claim unique, handmade gifts and crafts for holiday giving while benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network.

Doors to the CMN Charity Craft Fair open at 11:30 a.m. and remain open through 6:30 p.m. Sunday, coinciding with the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival that takes place in the resort’s ballroom.

The craft fair offers food, island crafts and music.

Admission is $10 at the door for the ki ho‘alu (slack-key guitar) festival that will feature Brother Noland, Ho‘okena, Paul Togioka, Kamuela Kahaoana, Dwight Kanae, Ian O’Sullivan, Bobby Moderow, Aja Gample, Bill Keale, Cindy Combs, Kimo West, Michael Keale, Pancho Graham and Malani Bilyeu.

The Hawaiian Slack Key Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m.

It will also feature crafts, food and drinks. About 15 artists will perform as soloists, duos or a complete band, showcasing the many different styles of slack-key guitar from the traditional to the more contemporary styles of younger artists.

Last year’s Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival on Kauai also rocked the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club with renowned artists from on-island as well as special guests from Molokai, Maui, the Big Island and Oahu, who shared their heart and soul through ki ho‘alu, the Hawaiian term for “slack-key guitar.”

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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