Hal Kinnaman, slack key guitar master, leaves a legacy of music and love


Hal Kinnaman circa 1970s.


Hal Kinnaman’s ‘Revery’ album cover art.

Grant Honma / Contributed

Hal Kinnaman portait taken by Grant Honma.

When Hal Kinnaman first heard slack-key guitar music being played on a California beach 50 years ago, he fell in love with it, and learned to play it so well that he became a slack-key master, and also became one of Hawai‘i’s premier slack-key instructors, helping keep this intrinsically Hawaiian musical art alive.