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Spotlight ON! Peter Garellick

February 15, 2022 • Addison ChingEntertainment

This month we shine the Spotlight ON! Peter Garrelick.

Peter was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Berkeley, California. He was involved with public education for thirty years and is a recently retired public high school history teacher.

"I started playing stand-up bass in 3rd grade, then switched to cello," says Peter. "Wish I had kept that up!" he laments.

Peter worked at Down Home Music, a record store in Richmond, California, that specializes in roots music such as folk, gospel and zydeco. While working there, he was exposed to reissues of early Hawaiian 78s.

"I was just mesmerized by the steel playing," says Peter. This inspired him to take up the steel guitar.

Regarding his steel guitar preference, he remarks, "I mostly play acoustic resonator guitars–tricones, dobros, etc.," I have dabbled a little with electric steel guitar but it doesn't suit me the way resonators do."

"What I love about non-pedal steel guitar (resonator and electric) is how expressive it is, and how every player has their own unique sound," says Peter. His favorite steel guitar players and influences are Sol Ho‘opi‘i, Benny Nawahi, Dick McIntire, and Rudy Wairata.

Peter has performed in a variety of venues in California, Hawai‘i, and Indonesia. His wife, Vanessa Alputila, is Indonesian. When in California, he performs Country music with Crying Time, a group that is described as Honkytonk revisionists out of Oakland that plays straight-up country and western music, from Bob Wills to Glen Campbell with whistle stops in between.

His California appearances also include performances of Indonesian music with the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble Sari Raras, and with his Hawaiian group Haopinaka, which describes itself as bringing "the spirit of aloha to the San Francisco Bay Area with Hawaiian guitars, ukuleles, and sweet vocal harmonies." The group's name Haopinaka is derived from the origins of the group's members. Peter is Caucasian (HAOle), Sil Castillo is Filipino (PInoy), and Rod Valdez is Hawaiian (KaNAKA).

Peter concludes, "I am always striving to express myself better on steel, and it seems like a never-ending process." He continues, "[But] not in a bad way! There is just always something new to learn, a different way to play something. There are days I feel so incompetent on steel, and the very next day it's like 'Hey I sound pretty good!'"

This video is of a performance by Haopinaka doing "Ke Aloha". Vanessa Alputila is the featured vocalist with Peter Garellick on the tricone.

The video can also be seen on YouTube.

This 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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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