Raymond Kāne

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Raymond Kāne
Born (1925-10-02)October 2, 1925
Koloa, Kauaʻi
Died February 27, 2008(2008-02-27) (aged 82)
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments slack-key guitar

Raymond Kaleoalohapoinaʻoleohelemanu[1] Kāne[2] (/ˈkɑːn/; October 2, 1925 - February 27, 2008),[3] was one of Hawaii's acknowledged masters of the slack-key guitar. Born in Koloa, Kauaʻi, he grew up in Nanakuli on Oʻahu's Waiʻanae Coast where his stepfather worked as a fisherman.

Kāne's style was distinctive and deceptively simple. He played in a number of ki ho'alu tunings always plucking or brushing the strings with only the thumb and index finger of his right hand. He also played hammer-ons and pull-offs in a unique way; his finger moving up and out, instead of down and in, after striking a string. He emphasized that one must play and sing "from the heart." He was never flashy or fast. In Hawaiian, his sound is described as nahenahe (sweet sounding).

In 1987, Kāne was honored as a "National Living Treasure" by the National Endowment for the Arts with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship.


  • Slack Key [the "Black and White Album"] (1958)
  • Party Songs, Hawaiian Style, Vol. 2 (1959)
  • Nanakuli's Raymond Kane (1974)
  • Master of the Slack Key Guitar (1988)
  • Punahele (1994)
  • Hawaiʻi Aloha (1996)
  • Waʻahila (1998)
  • Hawaiian Sunset Music, Vol. 1 (1998)
  • Cherish the Mele of our Elders (with Elodia Kāne) (1998)
  • Maikaʻi No Blues (1999)
  • Tribute to Lena Machado (with Elodia Kāne) (1999)
  • Holoholo Slack Key (2000)
  • He Leo ʻOhana (with Elodia Kāne) (2000)


  1. ^ His middle name is pronounced [kəˈlɛjowəˈlohəpoˈwinəˈʔolejoˈhɛlɛˈmɐnu] in Hawaiian, and means "the voice of love that comes and goes like a bird and will never be forgotten".
  2. ^ Raymond Kane (1925-2008) on YouTube
  3. ^ Ray Kane, Master of Slack-Key Guitar, Dies at 82

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