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Pahinui to teach summer courses at UH Hilo

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Date: Monday, June 9, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

One of Hawai‘i’s greatest slack key guitar artists, Cyril Pahinui, is teaching a trio of Summer Session courses through the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS).

The first course is Beginning Slack Key Guitar. The course is designed for new students as well as students from the Spring session who would like to master the songs and techniques taught there. Students will be guided through simple exercises and solos to create the slack key sound. Bring your own guitar. Rentals are available at several Hilo music stores.

The second course is Intermediate Slack Key Guitar. This course is for students who are comfortable with the tunings and songs taught in Pahinui’s beginner’s level course.

The third course is Hawaiian Music Appreciation II. Pahinui will share his knowledge of one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear this slack key guitar master talk story about his family, history and music. The course includes videos, performances by Pahinui and guest appearances by hula dancers. New and continuing students are welcome.

Each course will be taught on six Tuesdays between June 24 and July 29 in Campus Center 301. The music appreciation course will be from 3-4:30 p.m., the beginning slack key instruction course will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the intermediate slack key course will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuition for each slack key course is $80, and tuition for the music appreciation course is $60. Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute receive a $5 discount on each course.

To register, or for more information, call CCECS at 974-7664.

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