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9 Off The Charts Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Instrumental Music Videos


Hawaiian Slack-key guitar is a fingerstyle genre of guitar music that originated in Hawai’i. Its name refers to its characteristic open tunings: the English term is a translation of the Hawaiian kī hōʻalu, which means “loosen the [tuning] key”. The kī hōʻalu style originated from Mexican cowboys in the late 19th century. They taught the Hawaiians the rudiments of playing, but then left Hawaii, allowing Hawaiians to develop the style on their own not being able to “properly” tune the guitar.

The Hawaiian ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, mainly from Madeira and the Azores. The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

Radio Hula / My Yellow Ginger Lei

by Ledward Ka'apana | Waltz of the Wind


by Brittni Paiva | Island Style Ukulele


by Jake Shimabukuro | Travels

Wipe Out

by Honoka & Azita | Honoka & Azita

East Side Slack Key

by Kawika Kahiapo | 'Ālana

Can't Take My Eyes Of You

by Kris Fuchigami | Untouchable

Sand Castles

by Herb Ohta Jr | 'Ukulele Journey


by Taimane Gardner | 'Ukulele Dance

Ka'aahi Kahulu

by Troy Fernandez | Hawaiian Favorites