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Maui Steel Guitar Festival Lineup Announced

August 13, 2022 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

The lineup of featured players for the 2022 Maui Steel Guitar Festival has been announced.

Maui steel guitarists Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, Joel Katz, and Konopiliahi Lau will be joined by Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, and Joseph Zayak. Backup musicians will be Kaipo Asing and Helene Woodward.

In addition to the featured steel guitarists, NextGen steel guitarists Mālie Lyman, Joey Misailidis and Tai Misilaidis will also participate in this year's festival.

Emcee for the October 15 event at The Shops at Wailea will be Monte McComber, Cultural Director of the Royal Hawaiian Center. Saturday's program begins at 11 AM and runs through 4 PM.

The October 16 festival at Kahului's Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will be hosted by Maui radio personality Kathy Collins. Sunday's program also begins at 11 AM and runs through 4 PM.

The 2022 festival will be a condensed version of the festival as it ramps up post-COVID. While the festival will include a hands-on experience at both venues, festival events paused this year include school visitations, workshops, vintage steel guitar exhibit, Open Stage opportunities, and nightly kanikapila jam sessions. These features are expected to be offered in 2023 as the full festival returns on Friday and Saturday.

This year's festival will not be livestreamed as previously announced because preferred hardwired Internet connections for livestream broadcasts will not be available at either venue. Past livestream broadcasts using wireless Internet connections have been problematic and have resulted in poor or interrupted broadcast quality. However, the festival performances will be recorded offline and posted in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase archives after the festival has concluded.

The Maui Steel Guitar Festival is supported in part by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. The festival is also supported in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Additional funding comes from the Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation and other funding sources.

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2022 Festivals and Workshops

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 15, 2022 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST
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

2022 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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Livestream Open Stage Showcase

September 25, 2022 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

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Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani

December 10, 2022 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM HST
December 11, 2022 Saturday Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert – 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM HST

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

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

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

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

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 (tentative) – 4PM - 6:30PM HST


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Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival

July 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert (tentative) – 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST

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