||"Music is such a
wonderful opportunity for us to share in our culture." - Keola Beamer
Slack key guitar, ki ho`alu,
is a uniquely Hawaiian folk tradition born in the 1800s. Slack key guitar is often
confused with and actually pre-dates the more well known Hawaiian lap steel developed in
the late 1880s or 1890s.
There are quite a few well written sources giving you
the story behind slack key guitar. Check 'em out.