Events Calendar

2019 Southern California Slack Key Festival and Island Marketplace @ The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm

Southern California Slack Key Festival

Kala Koa Entertainment celebrating 12 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland
2019 Southern California Slack Key Festival 
and Island Marketplace

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 12 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2018 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace.

The Southern California Slack Key Festival – the first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii – set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland when it debuted in 2008 and has garnered a huge loyal following – creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music.

This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George KuoKawika Kahiapo, Sonny Lim, Jeff PetersonJim “Kimo West, Teresa Bright,Bobby Ingano, and Kunia Galdeira.

What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music?
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (ki ho’alu) is truly one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions, considered to be one of the oldest music traditions to still be a viable (other than just historical) part of a modern culture. Ki ho’alu, which literally means to “loosen the key,” is the Hawaiian language name for the solo finger-picked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or “keys”) are “slacked” to produce many different tunings, which usually contain a major chord, or a chord with a major 7th note, or sometimes one with a 6th note in it. Each tuning produces a lingering sound behind the melody and has a characteristic resonance and fingering, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form –

In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free to the public – takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., complete with Shave Ice, Hawaiian food, and great Hawaiian products and crafts.

When:                        Sunday, January 20, 2019; 2:00 p.m.

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd (at Aviation Blvd.) 
Redondo Beach, CA  90278

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Concert Ticket Prices:      $20 – $55; Free Island Marketplace

About the Artists
George Kuo  Plays in the traditional nahenahe (sweet, soothing) style, bridging today’s generation with the older generations. He has been twice recognized with excellence in recording achievement by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, for Instrumental Album of the year in 1995 for “Hawaiian Touch” and 1996 for “Aloha No Na Kupuna” (Love for the Elders). In 1986 Eddie Kamae asked Kuo to join his group, the now legendary SONS OF HAWAII whose members included Gabby Pahinui, AttaIsaacs, Dennis Kamakahi and Sonny Chillingworth.

Jeff Peterson  Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

Jim “Kimo West  One of ki ho ‘alu’s most unique talents. “Kimo” is a virtuosic player and prolific composer, his delicate, heartfelt playing technique and his generous output of new, exciting slack key guitar originals puts him solidly in a category of his own.

Kawika Kahiapo  Slack Key guitarist Kawika Kahiapo has contributed to more than 84 recording projects and performed with numerous artists both on stage and as a studio musician, and is a regular at slack key festivals. Kahiapo’s most recent solo releases won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2015 – one for Island Music Album of the Year for Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha, the other for Slack Key Album of the Year for Ho‘omaluhia.

Sonny Lim  His professional career started as a teenager when he mastered the steel guitar given to him by paniolo, uncle Sonny Alapai of Pu‘uanahulu. Sonny Lim commuted to Oahu to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau. Over the past two decades Lim has performed with virtually every ‘name’ musician in Hawai‘i. He is a multiple Hoku award winner, performs regularly with his family in Hawai‘i and Japan.

Ikaika Marzo  A descendant of the Native Hawaiian music families that come from Kalapana, far from the modern world, Ikaika Marzo enjoys the lifestyle and music of Kalapana which has remained unique and distinct as it has evolved directly from living in Hawaii in a Hawaiian way and a love for that lifestyle and its music. In addition to mastering Kiho’alu, Marzo is also guide for Kalapana Cultural Tours.

Teresa Bright  The award-winning vocalist is universally recognized as one of Hawai’i top singers. The Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts has awarded her its top Female Vocalist of the Year honor. Teresa Bright has recorded many albums including Self Portrait, Painted Tradition, A Bright Hawaiian Christmas, Ka Pilina, Quiet Nights, A Christmas Season’s Delight, Lei Ana and A Gallery. Hers is a voice crystalline, sultry, ethereal, powerful, touched with jazz and a multitude of color.

Pasadena String Quartet @ Pacific Unitarian Church
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm
Taizé Service of Healing and Wholeness @ St. Francis Episcopal Church
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm

Taizé Service of Healing and Wholeness

St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, will host a meditative Taizé service of Healing and Wholeness that includes candlelight, periods of silence, chants and intercessory prayer with a Prayer team leader, Tuesday, January 22nd at 7pm in the Chapel, followed by a reception with light refreshments in the Board Room. Taizé is a calming and beautiful form of sung contemplative prayer developed in an ecumenical monastery in France. Taizé services are offered monthly throughout the year on the fourth Tuesday. Donations are welcome. For more information, call (310) 375-4617.

Memory, Coffee, and Compassion Support Group @ Peninsula Center Library 3rd floor conference room
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Memory, Coffee, and Compassion Support Group for those caring with loved ones with dementia. 
WHAT:  Memory, Coffee, and Compassion Support Group
January: Every Wednesday:  January 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
1st and 3rd Fridays: January 4 & 18 (the schedule will continue throughout the year on every Wednesday and 1st and 3rd Fridays)
WHERE: Peninsula Center Library 3rd floor conference room
               701 Silver Spur Road
             Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
TIME:   10:00 am – 11:30 am
For FREE registration, please phone 310.383.1877 
Visit for more information
Are you caring for someone with dementia?  Are you burning out from chronic high levels of family stress?

Join LAUREN, Care Manager and Facilitator/Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association, for an informal, caring, ongoing support group.  

LAUREN immersed herself in memory loss care a decade ago, making it her mission to enhance the quality of life for those she calls “chronologically gifted”. She encourages independence and assuring a safe and supported living environment for them, while easing their loved one’s stress.

LAUREN has earned an impressive list of certifications and elder care education including:  Certified Dementia Practitioner, Care Manager/Elder Care Specialist, Certified Validation Therapist. and Certified Mediator.

Come and get invaluable input that can assist you with your memory impaired loved one.

Please call 310.383.1877 for free registration.

Get Involved help the children @ Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Get Involved help the children
    Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club meets Wednesday 1/23/19 from 12:00-1:30. 
Speaker and catered lunch included.
We also have evening meetings the third Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30pm.
Located at 2515 Valley Drive Hermosa Beach.
For more information visit 
Warming & Water    @ Torrance Airport
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm
Warming & Water   
Global Warming updated: Al Sattler, chair of the local Sierra Club Group, will present the latest information on where we stand today on Global Warming and how we can minimize it. This is critical in light of the latest findings that project an accelerating trend with more damage to come sooner.   
Mojave Desert water to L.A ?: Chris Clarke from the National Parks Conservation Association will talk about the proposal to pump Mojave Desert water to L.A. This plan is pushed by Cadiz Inc. and threatens desert life near Joshua Tree National Park. The Sierra Club and allies are working to defeat this ludicrous plan. 
Join us on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 7 PM at the Torrance Airport, 3301 Airport drive, Torrance. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Joyce White 310-383-5247
Help Collect Bottle Caps for a Buddy Bench @ Redondo Beach Kiwanis
Jan 24 – Jan 25 all-day
Workshop: Living life with Purpose, Balance and Joy @ Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Workshop: Living life with Purpose, Balance and Joy

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) presents this eight week program beginning Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Based on Julia Cameron’s bestselling book “The Artist’s Way,” cancer survivor Karen Sidney will provide tools and insights to provide clarity for what is possible in a person’s life at this time. Participants will learn to reinvent themselves for the better, and experience less stress in their lives. Advance registration required. CSCRB celebrates more than 30 years of free support, education and hope for cancer patients and their families. Call 310-376-3550 or visit the website at

Creative Writing Workshop for Cancer Patients and Survivors @ Todd Cancer Pavilion Group Rooms 1 & 2, 2nd Floor
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Creative Writing Workshop for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Are you struggling to communicate with loved ones about your cancer diagnosis? Join the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach 
Medical Center for an 8-week workshop for cancer patients and survivors. Explore how writing can help with communication, mental health and stress through creative prompts and exploring different genres. The workshop is facilitated by Margaret Towner, cancer survivor and published writer.

To RSVP or for more information, call Alicia Weaver at 562.933.0971.

Thursdays | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 21, 28; March 7 
Todd Cancer Pavilion
Group Rooms 1 & 2, 2nd Floor
2810 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach CA 90806

Lunch and Learn: Superfoods and Supplements to Reclaim your Brain @ Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch and Learn: Superfoods and Supplements to Reclaim your Brain

Redondo Beach, Calif. ( Dec. 13, 2019) – Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will host Jeanne Peters RD, Nutrition Director of the Nourishing Wellness Medical Center, on Friday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Brain fog and memory issues affect people of all ages especially cancer patients suffering from “chemobrain.”Peters will discuss the many science based foods, lifestyle and supplements that can profoundly impact brain health and quality of life. A healthy lunch will be provided by “The Spot” Restaurant in Hermosa Beach from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Advance registration required.  CSCRB celebrates 31 years of free support, education and hope for cancer patients and their families. Call 310-376-3550 or visit the website at .