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The guitar is arguably the world’s most popular instrument, the instrument that “rocked the world.” But do you know about the sound that rocked Hawai’i, and then influenced musical genres around the world? Join us for an evening with Alan Akaka as he takes us on a musical tour of Hawai’i’s most iconic sound: Hawaiian steel guitar.

View a few short films about the history of the steel guitar, and then Akaka, a renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, and educator will lead a discussion about the history, science, culture, and influence of Hawaiian steel guitar. Among his many accomplishments, Akaka teamed up with Asher Guitar to produce his modern-day Signature Model 8-String Hawaiian steel guitar. With a little encouragement, we think we can get him to strum a bit. Presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.



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