The first Hawaiian steel guitar festival on O‘ahu in 2022 will be a blockbuster featuring seven Hawaiian steel guitarists. The one-day event will be held on June 11, 2022, at the Windward Mall in Kane‘ohe. The festival will coincide with the celebration of Kamehameha Day, a public holiday in the state of Hawaii. It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawai‘i—comprising the Hawaiian Islands of Ni‘ihau, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Molokai, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island.
The 4½ hour event will feature steel guitarists Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Steve Cheney, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, Greg Sardinha, and Joseph Zayac. The steel guitarists will be backed up by Kaipo Asing on guitar and Helene Woodward on bass.
A hands-on experience with the steel guitar will be offered adjacent to the mall's center stage venue. Festival guests can learn more about the steel guitar and experience the instrument under the direction of a trained steel guitarist.
The festival will also be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook page and YouTube channel, and is scheduled to begin at 11:30 Hawaiian Standard Time.
The mall has published their latest COVID-19 health and safety recommendations for their mall patrons.
Windward Mall is committed to doing everything it can to protect the community's health, safety and well-being. Masks are no longer mandatory and are now optional within the Center. However, Windward Mall encourages its community to do what makes them feel safe and to please respect everyone else's decision to do the same. Being around other people in public poses a risk of exposure to COVID-19. By visiting Windward Mall, you voluntarily assume that risk.
Windward Mall plays a key role in its community and continues to be in compliance with state and county authorities. The health and safety of Windward Mall's customers, employees and community remain a top priority. The Center will continue to take extra precautions, including:
For more information, please visit us at www.windwardmall.com or follow @WindwardMall on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.
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