City and County of Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell has issued a proclamation declaring July 9 - 15, 2017, to be HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR APPRECIATION WEEK "in appreciation of the art of Hawaiian steel guitar and the cultural heritage of our islands."
The proclamation coincides with the first annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week that incorporates the annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival, now in its eighth year. The festival was first presented at Waikiki Beach Walk but was relocated to the Royal Grove Stage at the Royal Hawaiian Center last year when the Royal Hawaiian Center began its partnership with HIMELE, the event's producer. The event was expanded to the all-week format this year because the center strongly believes and supports Hawaiian culture and the Hawaiian steel guitar.
The full proclamation can be viewed here.
This proclamation is the third made by Hawai'i county mayors this year in support of the Hawaiian steel guitar and memoralizes their support and endorsement of the festivals and the Hawaiian steel guitar. Kaua'i County mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., issued a proclamation in February for the annual Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival, and Maui County mayor Alan M. Arakawa also issued a proclamation in April for the Maui Steel Guitar Festival.WSGFW
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.