Steel Trappings

All Hands-on in Kapolei

All Hands-on in Kapolei

February 18, 2019 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

The hands-on steel guitar experience offered at many HIMELE steel guitar festivals is proving to be very popular among festival guests. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i in West O'ahu's Kapolei, was no exception. The demonstrations there provided an educational extension to the musical experience of the festival.

Hands-On Demonstration
Hands-On Demonstration

Daniel Tremblay conducted the demonstrations. He also conducts weekly demonstrations at the Royal Hawaiian Center and has just started offering a steel guitar class at the Waikiki Community Center. A resident of New Hampshire, Daniel spends about half of his time in Hawaii and offers the demonstrations during his stay in Hawaii.

Hands-On Demonstration
Dan Tremblay describes nuances of the steel to a guest. PC-Don Touchi

The demonstration station is set up in the area adjacent to the festival performance stage and provides an opportunity for the curious to learn more about the Hawaiian steel guitar and try their hand at playing the instrument. The demonstration setup includes a lap steel guitar that is plugged into a portable amplifier. Dan provides information about the guitar and helps guests as they try out the instrument.

Hands-On Demonstration
Pomaika'i Lyman tries the steel
PC-Don Touchi
Hands-On Demonstration
Bobby Ingano demonstrates the steel
PC-Don Touchi

Daniel will conduct his demonstrations at the forthcoming Hawaiian steel guitar festivals on Kaua'i in March and Maui in April.



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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
February 16, 2019 - 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
February 28-29, 2020 - Sheraton Hotel, Kapa'a, Kaua'i (same location, different name)
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD - Maui site

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
April 12-13, 2019 - Outlets of Maui, Lahaina, Maui
April 14, 2019 - Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 - Windward Mall, Kaneohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 - Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Monday-Thursday - Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday - Festival Ho'olaule'a Performances

AISGC Winchester Convention
July 18-20, 2019 - Winchester Towne Centre, Winchester, IN

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Kine
August 17, 2019 - Kahala Mall, Honolulu

HSGA Ft. Collins Festival
September 17-19, 2019 - Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Due to a completion delay of the hotel renovation, the 2019 festival has been canceled.

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