Jim Kimo West

Rank #83 US Van Nuys, CA Other / Hawaiian / Slack Key Guitar


Sounds Like: Keola Beamer, Ledward Kaapana, Gabby Pahinui, George Kahumoku Jr., Ozzie Kotani

Label: Westernmost Records

Bio: Jim “Kimo”West is recognized as one of the world’s top players of ki ho’alu or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar. “Slack key” is a style of playing that evolved in the 1830’s when Spanish vaqueros, imported by King Kamehameha III to teach the Hawaiians cattle management, brought guitars to the Big Isla... See Full Bio

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  • Sat

    May 3

    Hana, HI, US | 12:00pm
    East Maui Taro Festival
    Hana, HI, US
    Sat May 03 12:00pm


    One of Maui's best festivals celebrates Haloa, the kalo ( taro) plant that plays a most important role in Polynesian diet, culture and history. Music, hula , food and fun for all!

  • Wed

    May 7

    Lahaina, HI, US | 7:00pm

    Lahaina, HI, US
    Wed May 07 7:00pm


    Kimo returns to the Slack Key Show in Napili, Maui-one of the best Hawaiian music series anywhere! This show has hosted the very best slack key and Hawaiian music artists, many of which are Grammy winners!

  • Thu

    May 8

    Lahaina, HI, US | 7:00pm

    Lahaina, HI, US
    Thu May 08 7:00pm


    Kimo plays a second night at this wonderful mecca of slack key guitar. With one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui, the enchanting Napili Kai Resort is yearly destination for many folks. Grammy-winner, George Kahumoku has hosted the best players in slack key for over nine years and several Grammy-nominated CDʻs have come from these performances. With Da Ukulele Boyz and hula artists, Wainani Kealoha.

  • Sun

    Jun 1

    Nokomis, FL, US | 7:00pm
    Floridaloha House Concerts
    Nokomis, FL, US
    Sun Jun 01 7:00pm


    Kimo returns to the Floridaloha House Concert, a true island oasis in Nokomis ( Sarasota area ) Florida. Nancy Eatonʻs cottages are impeccably decorated with vintage island treasures, ukuleles and tiki totems so do consider an overnight stay in one of her units.

  • Sat

    Jun 21

    West Los Angeles, CA, US | 2:00pm
    In Good Company-Slack Key...
    West Los Angeles, CA, US
    Sat Jun 21 2:00pm


    Kimo teaches a beginning and intermediate slack key workshop from 2-5 PM. Bring a guitar and notepad. Instructional material will be provided. The last hour will be one-on-one coaching. Concert follows at 8 PM!

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  • MykoMan (Artist) MykoMan
    Awesome tunes! Tight sound here!! Check us out when you can, we'd appreciate it~ MykoMan
  • Jim Kimo West (Artist) Jim Kimo West
    Get a free signed copy of my new holiday CD, "Ki Ho'alu Christmastime" with any $99 or more purchase of tickets to the Southern California Slack Key Festival! http://www...
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  • Mustang Corners (Artist) Mustang Corners
    Aloha! Beautiful guitar playing, Jim!!!
  • PRD.Vocals (Artist) PRD.Vocals
    Love your playing.
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