The beginning steel guitar lessons at the Waikīkī Community Center were scheduled to be six weeks long but ended up being eight weeks due to popular demand from the students.
We had six students but one could not make the scheduled time so I tutored him in the lobby of my condo. Lesson materials were graciously provided by Alan Akaka.
All of the students progressed very well and the classes would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Bill Thomson who provided the guitar kit including the steel guitar, practice amp, tuner, picks, steel bar, guitar cable and music stand. The students eventually purchased the equipment they used at our cost.
Bill was the other kumu who added much to the students' learning as well. Hopefully we have six more steel guitar players in our future to perhaps join us on the beach in Waikīkī. Future plans are being considered for next year at a place and time where younger school aged keiki can join.
Ed. Note: Daniel Tremblay presented a beginning steel guitar class at the Waikiki Community Center as a part of his steel guitar training program. Steel guitarist Bill Thompson assisted Daniel and provided valuable classroom resources for the program. Bill also contributed to this article.
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 — 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
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 13-15, 2019 (tentative, rescheduled) — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island.
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
October 9-10, 2020 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
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