This festival is dedicated to the slack key guitar instrument in its entirety. It is a traveling manifestation and it lasts around one year. It is their way of sonic celebration when they can sing about the ocean, their country, and people. It is a unique opportunity to see their remarkable finger picking style of guitar playing too. From their legendary mainstays to various artists and workshops, everyone who is into single finger picking playing can learn something very useful here from the masters themselves. This festival is also a commemoration to the contribution of their so called native son. He was a one of a kind guitar virtuoso named Gabby Pops Pahinui. The festival traditionally starts in Honolulu and if you are there in August, you will not want to miss this event. You can apply to work there as the organizer, vendor or an artist. They take volunteers.