Don Touchi is retiring from the HIMELE Board of Directors after almost four years of dedicated service.
Don was elected to the Board in July of 2016 and has served both as a Director and as HIMELE's official event photographer. In addition to serving on HIMELE's board, Don also helped to document Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i concerts.
Festival guests may have missed Don at the recent Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival. Don was unable to make the festival due to medical issues relating to arthritis and feels that his photographic contributions may be compromised due to the ongoing condition.
"There's a time in one's life when they must realize that they can no longer perform at the level that is required to advance the cause," says Don.
He continues, "The past four years have been an experience I will always treasure. It brought me back to my roots in the Hawaiian culture that I was born and raised." Don is also an accomplished singer and keyboardist and volunteers his music at nursing homes in Honolulu. In addition, Don plays an assortment of instruments including the bassoon, saxophone, and guitar, and recently added the bass guitar to his interests.
"He offered perspectives and insights on important decisions the Board was tasked to undertake," says HIMELE Chairman Alan Akaka. "But, he was also able to keep the meeting from getting too solemn with his light-hearted humor."
Alan continues, "As a highly skilled photographer he captured memorable scenes from our many events, posting them on social media to help promote the Hawaiian steel guitar and provide documentation on what HIMELE does." Alan goes on to say this of Don: "You will always be a part of the HIMELE ‘ohana."
You can hear Alan's complete message to Don here.HIMELE
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Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 – Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i CANCELED
March 21, 2020 – Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 20, 2020 – Windward Mall, Kane‘ohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 13-18, 2020 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Monday-Thursday – Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday – Festival Open Stage and Ho‘olaule‘a Performances
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 17, 2020 – Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival — Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 15, 2020 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu
Maui Steel Guitar Festival Date Change
October 16-17, 2020 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui
October 18, 2020 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
TBA – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island.
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.