It’s not going to be exactly like being on a Hawaiian holiday, but it’s going to be as close as you can get to the cultural spirit of the islands with the return of the Southern California Slack Key Festival to Redondo Beach on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Now in it’s 13th year, the festival is all about the celebration of Hawaiian culture through the musical tradition known as ki ho’alu (slack key), a Hawaiian style of acoustic guitar playing defined by the solo finger-pick style that produces a laid-back lingering and relaxing sound.

Picture yourself laying on a hammock on the beach on a sunny day with a cold drink in hand and no worries in the world…yeah, that’s what it sounds like.

“When you hear the sound of slack key, it’s unmistakably Hawaiian. Even if you’re not familiar with Hawaiian music you will get that feeling of Hawaii,” said Kamuela Kimokeo, an Oahu-based musician who will be one of the nine performers on the lineup for the daylong event on Jan. 19.

“Slack key really is our grassroots music…A lot of our traditional music has been preserved within that slack key style of playing,” he added.

Also taking the stage will be veterans of the genre, including Grammy-winning guitarist John Keawe, singer/songwriter and Hawaiian legend Jerry Santos, The Lim Family and Bobby Moderow, a founding member of the six-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy) Award-winning group Maunalua.

The next generation of musicians will also be represented with newcomers including 19-year-old Anthony Pfluke, who will be perform music from his debut album, “Never Letting Go.”

In addition to the music there will be hula dancers, vendors and Hawaiian food.

The festival is organized by Hawaiian-born Mitch Chang, a guitar and ukulele teacher who founded the event in Redondo Beach 13 years ago.

“It takes me back to Hawaii way more than ukulele does or even steel guitar…it’s going to be reflective of the atmosphere of the island,” Chang said.

If you go:

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19

Where” Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach

Tickets: $20-$55

Information: slackkeyfest.com

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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