Keola Beamer started playing ukulele as a child, as most kids in Hawaii do. But the Hawaiian slack-key guitar, or ki ho’alu, hooked him when he was 9 years old. It’s a method that dates from the late 1800s in which guitar strings are “slackened” to a variety of different tunings, though it also includes techniques . . .

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