Hawaii Hawaiian 'slack key' album wins first Grammy in unique island genre March 21, 2005 Share 1 -- LOS ANGELES -- Hawaiian music won its first Grammy. Producer/guitarist Charles Brotman and his Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 2 was awarded a Grammy in the new category of Best Hawaiian Music Album on Feb. 13 at the 47th annual awards program in Los Angeles.Brotman accepted the award with the word mahalo, Hawaiian for thank-you, during the pre-telecast portion of the show. (Only 15 of the 107 award presentations are aired.)Slack Key, on the Palms Record label, is an instrumental compilation featuring a number of musicians, including John Cruz, Keoki Kahumoku, Bryan Kessler, Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson and Ken Emerson. Lim, Peterson and Emerson joined Brotman on stage.For us, this wasnt a battle to win an award, but to represent a very special kind of music, and Hawaii, Brotman said.Ki hoalu, which means loosen the key, is the Hawaiian-language name for slack key, the fingerpicked style unique to Hawaii.A criterion of the new category is that 51% of the lyrics must be sung in Hawaiian.To contact reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Local Color: Get it liveFor those who want to experience a live slack key guitar concert, heres where to go: " The Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the hotels indoor amphitheater. Tickets are $40 (not including Hawaii general excise tax of 4.2%). There are only 120 seats per show, so reservations are recommended.Phone (888) 669-3858, Saturdays or Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hawaii time. Visit www.slackkey.com for the guest performance schedule.The first CD release from the Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series was honored as Slack Key Album of the Year in the Eighth Annual Hawaii Music Awards, a peoples choice awards program presented by the Music Foundation of Hawaii.Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 1 features, among others, Grammy winner Keoki Kahumoku and Daniel Ho, who co-produced the album under his Daniel Ho Creations label. The album was recorded live during the groups first concert series at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and is available in music stores throughout Hawaii and at the concerts." The 13th annual Ki Hoalu Slack Key Guitar Festival will take place at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on June 26. For more information, call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org." On Oahu, A House Without a Key, a lounge/bar inside the Halekulani in Waikiki, has live slack key performances throughout the week. Days and times change every week, so visitors should call ahead. Phone: (808) 923-2311.