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Music in Hawaii

August 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Hawaii Music

Due to Hawaii’s diverse population, Hawaii also has a diverse musical background, with music being influenced by cultures from all around the world. With all types of traditional and contemporary music styles put on display in Hawaii, Hawaii is home to music ranging from traditional native Hawaiian folk music to modern rock, jazz, and hip hop. A popular local music style in the islands is slack-key guitar, as well as country music which became popular with the introduction of the steel guitar. Nevertheless, many locals still strive to preserve Hawaii’s traditional music styles, which include chanting and dance music.

Hawaii is home to numerous musical venues and events. Some of the popular music festivals in Hawaii include the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Molokai Music Festival, Hawaii International Jazz Festival, as well as many slack-key and steel guitar festivals such as the Big Island Slack Key Guitar Festival, Steel Guitar Association Festival, and the Gabby Pahinui / Atta Isaacs Slack Key Festival. Some of the well known music venues and institutions include the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and the Oahu Choral Society’s Honolulu Symphony Chorus, which also hosts the popular Hawaii International Choral Festival.

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