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Festival Lineups Announced

January 17, 2023 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

The featured steel guitarists at the first two HIMELE-produced steel guitar festivals in 2023 have been announced.

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i, a community-based festival for West O‘ahu, will be presented on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Ka Makana Ali‘i shopping center in Kapolei. The festival will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and will feature performances by Alan Akaka, Steve Cheney, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, and Greg Sardinha and Po'okela (Zachary Castro and Kata Maduli.)

The Kapolei festival will also feature NextGen steel guitarists Reign Lyu, Enosa Lyman, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Isabella Bertelmann, and Joey Misailidis.

Backup musicians for the festival will be Joseph Zayac, Kaipo Asing and Helene Woodward, and Alan Akaka will host the event.

The performance will be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

The performance schedule will be published when it is available.

The first annual Kona Steel Guitar Festival will be held at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa in Keauhou, Hawai‘i, on March 23-25, 2023 immediately preceding the 2023 Aloha Music Camp. The Camp, previously held on Kaua‘i, is relocating to Kona in 2023. The Kona steel guitar festival was created to continue the steel guitar experience previously offered with the pairing of the Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival and the Camp when it was held on Kaua‘i.

The Kona program will include most events offered in the outer island festivals, including Open Stage performance, workshops, vintage steel guitar exhibit, nightly public kanikapila, and a ho‘olaule‘a concert program. School visitations have been suspended due to the pandemic but will resume when it is deemed safe and appropriate.

The main ho‘olaule‘a concert program will feature Alan Akaka, Pomai Brown, Al Greene, Jr., Kapono Lopes, Patti Maxine, Greg Sardinha, Dwight Tokumoto, and Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz. NextGen steel guitarists Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Isabella Bertelmann, Joey Misailidis, and Pono Fernandez will also perform.

Backup will be provided by Joseph Zayac, Kaipo Asing, and Helene Woodward. Emcee for Open Stage and Ho‘olaule‘a performances will be Kimo Kahoano.

Saturday's ho‘olaule‘a concert will be presented in two performance segments. The first segment will begin at 11:00 A.M. and run to 3:00 P.M. The second segment will begin at 5:00 P.M. and run to 8:00 P.M.

Both ho‘olaule‘a segments will be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook page and YouTube channel. The performance may also be livestreamed on the Kona Steel Guitar Festival's Facebook page.

As with the Kapolei festival, the event schedule will be published when it is available. Support for these festivals comes 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). Support also comes from the Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation.

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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 23-25, 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, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 4-6, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Hawai‘i
May 7, 2023 – Kukui Grove Center, Lihue, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023 – 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 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu

2023 Northern California Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium *
September 24, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA

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

2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

Facebook LiveYouTube
All broadcasts originate from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Festival broadcasts may also stream from the respective festival's Facebook Page.


Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
January 28, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 18, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

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

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday - Live from Molokai!
April 22, 2023 (tentative) – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 6, 2023 – Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023 – 11:30 PM - 4:00 PM HST

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 14, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4PM - 6:30PM HST


Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 19, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
September 9, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
November 19, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST


Other Events
HSGA Virtual Festival 4
February 4, 2023 Facebook LiveYouTube

2023 AISGC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival *
July 27-29, 2023 – Towne Square Community Center, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association (HSGA) 2023 Festival *
September 21-23, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA
* Registration Fee Required

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