The 7th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove (Helumoa) performance venue. The Royal Grove, once the playground of Hawaiian royalty, is now home to many Hawaiian cultural and music presentations on a continuing basis and the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival is a nice complement to the Grove's programs.
This year's festival will offer programs by Hawaii's best steel guitar masters including Alan Akaka, Isaac Akuna, Eddie Palama, Jeff Au Hoy, Greg Sardinha, Paul Kim, Bobby Ingano and Timi Abrigo, beginning at 11 A.M. and continuing through 9 P.M. The Grove's nightly cultural hula program will be integrated into the festival at 6 P.M. and will be preceded by the Ke Kula Mele School of Hawaiian Music Next Generation steel guitar players. Celebrity emcee Mele Apana will host the early afternoon performances, and Kimo Kahoano will host the festival from 4 P.M.
The Waikiki festival is scheduled on the day preceding the annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii to provide visitors an opportunity to also experience the music and beauty of the Hawaiian steel guitar and showcase another instrument that is important to Hawaiian music and culture.
As with all other Hawaii festivals produced by HIMELE, both the Waikiki and the Hawaiian festivals are free and open to the public.
Photo 1: Finale jam session from 2015 festival. From left: Mark Prucha, Jeff Au Hoy, Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, and Kaipo Asing. pc-Colleen Ricci.
July 9-14, 2018
Monday-Thursday - Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday - Festival Ho'olaule'a Performances
Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
September 7-9, 2018 - Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Hawai'i
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
February 16, 2019 (tentative) - Ka Makana Ali'i Shopping Center, Kapolei
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 - Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach, Kapa'a, Kaua'i
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD (tentative) - Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina, Maui
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
TBD - Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina, Maui
TBD - Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 (tentative) - Windward Mall, Kaneohe
HIMELE is a Hawai'i non-profit corporation that supports music enrichment and education for people of all ages. Our purpose is to educate, promote, and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments.