|Born||October 2, 1925|
|Died||February 27, 2008 (aged 82)|
Raymond Kaleoalohapoinaʻoleohelemanu[a] Kāne (//, Hawaiian: [ˈkaːne]; October 2, 1925 - February 27, 2008), 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).
- 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)
- on YouTube
- Fox, Margalit (March 5, 2008). "Ray Kane, Master of Slack-Key Guitar, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- "Raymond Kane: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist/Singer". www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. n.d. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
- "NEA National Heritage Fellowships 1987". www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. Archived from the original on May 19, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
- Raymond Kane at AllMusic
- Raymond Kāne discography at Discogs
- Raymond Kane biography at Dancing Cats Records
- Instructional video featuring Raymond Kane at The Guitar Workshop
- Review of "That's Slack Key Guitar" film featuring Raymond Kane at the Taropatch.net online community
- Slack-key guitar legend Raymond Kane dies