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A Visit to Maui's Kihei Charter School

April 28, 2019 • Daniel TremblayFestivals and Conventions, Education and Training

Ed. Note: This is the first in a series of periodic Hot Steel features describing Daniel Tremblay's steel guitar training activities. Residents of the East Coast, Daniel and his wife Linda spend a part of their time in Hawai‘i. During his Hawai‘i stays, Daniel spends some of his time being a Hawaiian steel guitar evangalist. You may see him on Waikīkī beach, at steel guitar festivals, and at private functions sharing his knowledge about the Hawaiian steel guitar and providing those who interact with him a personalized hands-on and intimate experience with the lap steel.

For the second year, Linda and I travelled to the Kihei Charter School to demonstrate, educate and inform the students about the history and culture of the Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar. This year we entertained the students in grades K-6.

There were 185 students which were divided into two sessions. While last year's visit was held in a temporary facility while the school's campus was being constructed, this year's visit was at the brand new school. High school Director Michael Stubbs told me they moved in last October and that the school was built to their specifications.

We found it to be very spacious and well laid out. We met on the 3rd floor that was open air with great views in all directions. Everyone was very gracious and students were very attentive and had many very intelligent and inquisitive questions about the instrument and its history.

Hands on demonstration

They asked me to play certain songs which I did to their clapping and cheers. Some of the questions were what you expect from this age group such as, "How old are you?" to "Are you smart?" being the most humorous.

We were approached by some older students that said that they remember us from last year and that it was very gratifying to us that they remembered. Michael said he looked forward to us returning next year.


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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
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 Mini-Expo at Windward Mall
June 1, 2019 — Windward Mall, Kaneohe

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

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 — Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
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

Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 13-15, 2019 — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island.

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 — Sheraton Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i

Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
October 9-10, 2020 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

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