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Need to hear Hawaiian steel guitar music? Check out ‘At Coco Palms’ by Alan Akaka

Need to hear Hawaiian steel guitar music? Check out ‘At Coco Palms’ by Alan Akaka

The Hawaiian steel guitar changed American music. This teacher is trying to keep that tradition alive

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The Hawaiian steel guitar became a cultural force in America at the turn of the century, popularized by troupes of traveling musicians from Hawaii. It evolved beyond its association with a tropical paradise to influence new genres of music, from bluegrass to jazz to rock and roll. But while the steel guitar can still be found in country and other types of music, the Hawaiian steel guitar garners little recognition today. Musician and teacher Alan Akaka has been playing Hawaiian steel guitar for more than 50 years and is working to keep the tradition alive. He wrote and performs “At Coco Palms.”

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