Slack Key in the Guest Room – “Beautiful Kaua`i”

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

I was taken by surprise when I realized that I haven’t posted a video since we left Hawai`i last year, and now we’re almost ready to go back. So I set up the gear in the guest bedroom to take advantage of the interesting light and the tropical pattern cover on the futon, and played a taropatch slack key version of Beautiful Kaua`i by Randy Farden.

I’m not sure why Kaua`i has so many songs written about it, but many of my favorites refer to the Garden Isle, from Uncle Dennis Kamakahi’s Koke`e to Maiki Lake and her Aloha Kaua`i. Beautiful Kaua`i has a sweet charm and many versions to use for inspiration.

It may be a while before we visit Kaua`i again, but I’m sure I’ll keep learning and playing songs about the island and its people.

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I have recorded a CD called Kaleponi, all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, a few originals.


You an buy a copy of the CD or download the tracks at CD Baby.

If you prefer, you can download individual tracks or the whole album from iTunes as well.

The complete liner notes and back cover notes of Kaleponi are available here.