Eskimos may have 40 words for snow, but Hawaiians have 272 documented styles of hula.Renowned Lahaina dance instructor Moana Beamer will give many of ‘em a go in Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Hula, aided by one top-flight accompanist: her husband, Keola Beamer, the bestselling slack key guitarist in the history of Hawaiian music (for the 1978 record Honolulu City Lights, one of his many deft contemporized melds of traditional strings and Hawaiian nose flute). The gregarious couple is just the latest branch of one of the islands’ most prolific performing dynasties; Keola’s great-grandmother, Helen Kapuailohia Desha Beamer, remains one of Hawaii’s most famous composers and dancers, and his mother, Winona Kapuailohia Desha Beamer, is a chanter and teacher. They’ll be joined by Grammy-nominated vocalist Raiatea Helm and chanter Charles Ka’upu—and, ostensibly, some very good vibrations.

Fri., April 17, 8 p.m., 2009

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