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On the Playlist: Sol Ho‘opi‘i

May 1, 2021 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizSteel Guitar History

"HAWAIIAN STEEL" is a weekly radio program that spotlights the Hawaiian steel guitar masters from the past to the present. "ON THE PLAYLIST" features the musicians heard on the program's playlist. This month we profile Sol Ho‘opi‘i!

Sol Ho‘opi‘i
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Sol Ho‘opi‘i
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Solomon Ho‘opi‘i Ka‘ai‘ai (1902-1953) is a name that is revered throughout the Hawaiian music world. Steel guitar buffs acknowledge him as the "King of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar." He pioneered new techniques and made improvisations on the steel that paved the way for future steel guitarists.

In 1924 he lived in Los Angeles where he formed his musical group the "Novelty Trio." The Trio played on the radio, live performances, studio recordings and motion picture movies.

Ho‘opi‘i applied bluesy and jazz toned licks to popular standards as well as Hawaiian mele. His peculiar rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic techniques influenced not only Hawaiian-styled musicians, but also country and western swing steel guitarists.

Ho‘opi‘i's virtuosity on the lap steel guitar is unequaled, and is often compared to the playing of Django Reinhardt, the famous gypsy guitarist who was his contemporary. Today, fans and collectors alike seek out the original 78 RPM recordings of Sol Ho‘opi‘i. His music is now available on CD to a new generation of steel guitarist who can appreciate this innovative and unique Hawaiian musician!

On the Playlist of Hawaiian Steel: Sol Ho‘opi‘i

Song CD Album
Opelu Na Mo‘olelo O Mele* (Cumquat Records/Australia)
Wang Wang Blues Radio Sol* (Omagatoki/Japan)
Farewell Blues Hawaiian Favourites
Hula Blues Master of Hawaiian Guitar vol 2
Kauoha Mai History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar

* Out of print but may be available on auction sites or streaming services.

"Hawaiian Steel" with Geri Valdriz is broadcast live every Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (HST) on Mana‘o Radio, Wailuku, Maui, Hawai‘i, KMNO, 91.7FM.

You can catch it on the air, or streaming live at www.manaoradio.com. Listeners can also access the online archives to enjoy previously recorded programs at your convenience. Just search "Listen on Demand" for past shows.

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2022 Festivals and Workshops

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
December 8-11, 2022 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island

2022 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday

November 19, 2022 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

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Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i   
February 18, 2023 – Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei

Kona Steel Guitar Festival   
March 24-25, 2023 – Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa, Keauhou, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium   
May 3-4, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival   
May 4-6, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
May 7, 2023 – Kukui Grove Center, Lihue, Kaua‘i
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall   
June 10, 2023 (tentative) – Windward Mall, Kāne‘ohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week   
July 10-15, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival   
July 14, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival   
July 15, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kāhala Mall   
August 19, 2023 – Kāhala Mall, Honolulu

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 14, 2023 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST
October 15, 2023 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts
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Kona Steel Guitar Festival

March 25, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

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Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

July 14, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4PM - 6:30PM HST


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Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival

July 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST
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Maui Steel Guitar Festival

October 14, 2023 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui, Hawai‘i – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
October 15, 2023 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui, Hawai‘i – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

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