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Spotlight ON! Feature

Spotlight ON! Lion Ladies Steel Guitar Ensemble

April 27, 2021 • Addison ChingEntertainment

This month we start a new feature called "Spotlight ON!""

Spotlight ON! will highlight one of the steel guitar artists or groups that has participated in our Showcases, either through live performances or through submitted videos to our Open Stage showcases. In some cases these artists have also participated in our in-person steel guitar festivals.

This month we feature the Lion Ladies Steel Guitar Ensemble.

Over the years, Japanese steel guitar master Kiyoshi "Lion" Kobayashi has shared his talents at many of HIMELE's steel guitar festivals. Lion has also assembled performances by students of his music school, and has presented them from time to time. Guests of the Maui Steel Guitar Festival have, over the years, enjoyed performances by his Lion Halau.

His latest effort is the Lion Ladies Steel Guitar Ensemble, a group of four female steel guitarists who play in unison along with him. The ensemble is often backed up by other members of Lion's school, and recently by another music ensemble that Lion has assembled called NewTrade Winds.

The four steel guitarists of the Lion Ladies Steel Guitar Ensemble are Masako Wakamatsu, Sakae Machida, Akiko Watanabe, and Yoko Tanaka.

The ensemble made its Hawai‘i debut at the 2019 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week event, and recently participated in the March, 2021, Open Stage Showcase.

In honor of Lei Day (May 1st) the group has created a performance video of "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii."

The video can also be be seen on YouTube

This new periodic feature is a snapshot of the complete tribute that is posted on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase website. See the complete tribute here.

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
May 28, 2022 – LIVE STREAMED on Facebook and YouTube 3PM - 5PM HST

Facebook LiveYouTube
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
incorporating the
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
June 11, 2022 – Windward Mall, Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM HST

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week   
July 11-14, 2022 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Nightly Evening Performances 5:30PM - 6:30PM HST
Facebook LiveYouTube
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
incorporating the
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
July 15, 2022 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Friday Performances 4PM - 6:30PM HST
Facebook LiveYouTube
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
incorporating the
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
July 16, 2022 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Saturday Performances 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST

AISGC
AISGC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

July 21-23, 2022 – Winchester, IN
Tickets available online or at the door

2022 HSGA Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
August 11-13, 2022 – Foster City, CA
Tickets available online or at the door
Facebook LiveYouTube
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
incorporating the
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
August 27, 2022 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Facebook LiveYouTube
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
incorporating the
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase (contingent on availability of Internet connection)
October 15, 2022 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
October 16, 2022 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani   
December 8-11, 2022 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island.
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Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
incorporating the
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
December 10-11, 2022 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island.
Friday Ho‘olaule‘a 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM HST
Saturday Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM HST

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