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Hal Kinnaman, slack key guitar master, leaves a legacy of music and love

When Hal Kinnaman first heard slack-key guitar music being played on a California beach 50 years ago, he fell in love with it, and learned to play it so well that he became a slack-key master, and also became one of Hawai‘i’s premier slack-key instructors, helping keep this intrinsically Hawaiian musical art alive.

Hal passed away last week on Kaua‘i, at the age of 79, with music and love filling his heart.

“Hal had the kindest heart ever, and was ridiculously talented,” said his girlfriend, Mary Moss, who was with Hal as he passed peacefully in his home.

“His music

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