Another steel guitar festival is falling victim to the novel coronavirus emergency. According to HIMELE, the event's producer, the 2020 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week originally scheduled for July 13-18, 2020 will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal Hawaiian Center, the event's sponsor, is temporarily closed. According to the center's Cultural Director Monte McComber, cultural lessons and music programs on the Royal Grove Stage have stopped, and the center does not plan to resume nightly music performances in the Royal Grove until September 1, 2020.
When the center reopens, new staff/cultural instructors/musicians and performers protocols will be in place at the center for health and safety reasons.
The Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival which was to be incorporated into this year's Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week was canceled earlier. Festival organizer Tadashi Arakawa expressed concerns that some potential participants might feel anxious about travelling to Hawai‘i because of the pandemic.
Steel guitar enthusiasts are encouraged to check the festival website for information about future Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week events.WSGFW
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February 7-9, 2020 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island
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 CANCELED
June 20, 2020 – Windward Mall, Kane‘ohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week CANCELED
July 13-18, 2020 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Monday-Thursday – Nightly Evening Performances CANCELED
Friday-Saturday – Festival Open Stage and Ho‘olaule‘a Performances CANCELED
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival CANCELED
July 17, 2020 – Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival — Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall CANCELED
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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.