Grantee:  Kahilu Theatre Foundation
Location:  Kamuela, HI
Award:  Artist and Community Collaboration Initiative
Discipline:  10th Annual Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute
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Funding supported the 10th gathering of ukulele and slack key guitar masters at the Kahilu Theatre and provided a multi-day Institute comprised of eight public performances, four on-site training workshops with over 100 students, and eight youth shows at four schools.

The Waimea Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute provided the opportunity for Hawaiian artists to take time and interact with one another in a relaxed, informal setting. The 2012 five day 10th Annual Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute’s major activities included: 8 performances (4 at schools), 4 on-site workshops (plus 2 private lessons), 10 outreach activities (school site): classes, youth shows, and workshops.

The Institute provided the artists unhindered access to the theatre and housed them at the Kamuela Inn where music is encouraged. The results of the musicians’ ability to work together for this extended period were recording projects, impromptu additions to set lists, and the creation of new touring groups. The classes and talk story sessions allowed audiences and students to hear the stories behind the mele. Educational activities and informal jamming went on continually, but the kanikapila provided the opportunity for everyone to participate in the night’s music.