The music of Hawaii includes an array of traditional and popular styles, from native Hawaiian folk music to modern rock and hip hop. Styles like slack-key guitar are well-known worldwide. Hawaii also made a major contribution to country music with the introduction of the steel guitar. Traditional Hawaiian folk music is a major part of the state's musical heritage. The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and have retained much of their traditional musical knowledge. Their music is largely religious in nature, and includes chanting and dance music. Hawaiian music has had an enormous impact on the music of other Polynesian islands.
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