• HIMELE 2023 Festivals
  • Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
  • Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
  • Maui Steel Guitar Festival
  • Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
  • Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
  • Kona Steel Guitar Festival
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium

HIMELE Announces Dates for 2023 Festivals

November 20, 2022 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

HIMELE will present a full complement of in-person Hawaiian steel guitar festivals Statewide in 2023.

In-person festivals gradually returned in 2022, some in reduced or alternate formats. The first annual Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was incorporated into Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week, and the festival presented at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection was rebranded as the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani to reflect the resort's plan to present steel guitar entertainment throughout the resort and at different times as opposed to one single steel guitar "concert."

The relocation of the Aloha Music Camp back to its original location in Kona provided an impetus for HIMELE to develop yet another festival for the Kona area called the Kona Steel Guitar Festival to tie in with the camp as has been done in prior years. The Kona festival will be the second festival offered on Hawai‘i Island.

The concept of presenting festivals at two different venues serving two different demographics was first implemented at festivals prior to the Coronavirus pandemic and was continued at this year's Maui Steel Guitar Festival, with presentations at the tourist-centric The Shops At Wailea and at the community-centric Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. This format will be extended to the 2023 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival, with festivals presented at the Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa‘a and at the Kukui Grove Center in Lihue.

Formats of festivals will vary with venue requirements and limitations. Most outer island festivals will include workshops, Open Stage presentations, a steel guitar exhibit, and public kanikapila jam sessions. Most festivals will also include opportunities for hands-on experiences with the Hawaiian steel guitar.

A decision to resume school visitations and presentations will be made when it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so.

This is the 2023 festival schedule. Click on the Website icon to access the festival's website.

  • February 18 - Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i  Website
  • March 24-25 - Kona Steel Guitar Festival, Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa, Keauhou, Hawai‘i  Website
  • May 4-6 - Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival, Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i  Website
  • May 7 - Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival, Kukui Grove Center, Lihue, Kaua‘i  Website
  • June 10 - Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall, Kāne‘ohe  Website
  • July 10-13 - Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week, Royal Hawaiian Center  Website
  • July 14 - Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, Royal Hawaiian Center  Website
  • July 15 - Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival, Royal Hawaiian Center  Website
  • August 19 - Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kāhala Mall  Website
  • October 14 - Maui Steel Guitar Festival, The Shops At Wailea, Wailea, Maui  Website
  • October 15 - Maui Steel Guitar Festival, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui  Website

The date for the 2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani will be announced later.

All festival ho‘olaule‘a concerts will be livestreamed if appropriate Internet connections are available.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase livestream presentations will be presented in January, April, September, and November when no festivals are scheduled. The April Showcase will originate from Molokai.

Llvestream presentations usually originate from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel but may broadcast from additional or alternate sites as appropriate.

In addition to festival dates, HIMELE is also announcing the 2023 Kaua‘i Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium. This 2-day steel guitar "camp" will be an intensive workshop for beginners wanting to familiarize themselves with the steel guitar, and for more advanced steel guitarists wanting to learn new techniques and practice strategies.The camp will be held on May 3-4 at the Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa‘a, immediately preceding the 2023 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival.

Both the Starter Class and the Steel Guitar Symposium are limited to 15 participants each. Tuition will be $275 per person, including all class materials and a special edition t-shirt made exclusively for participants. Information about the symposium will be posted on the symposium website when symposium details have been finalized.

Major funding for Hawaiian steel guitar festivals and showcases is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Additional funding comes from 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), and from the Lawrence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation.

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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

December 10, 2022 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM HST

2023 Festivals and Workshops
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
Facebook LiveYouTube
Kona Steel Guitar Festival

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

Facebook LiveYouTube
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

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


Facebook LiveYouTube
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival

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