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March 28, 2023 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

Here is the latest news about HIMELE's Hawaiian steel guitar festivals and related events.

2023 Kaua‘i Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium — Postponed
May 3-4, 2023

The 2023 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Camp, originally scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2023, has been postponed. The symposium may be rescheduled later in 2023 and possibly at a different venue.

2023 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 5-7, 2023

Featured steel guitar players for the 2023 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival include Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Mālie Lyman, Kapono Lopes, Greg Sardinha, Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, and Joseph Zayac. Also participating are NextGen steel guitarists Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Isabella Bertelmann, and Joey Misailidis.

The event schedule is still being developed but the Friday-Saturday festival at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort will include school visitations, a workshop, Open Stage performances, a main concert, a vintage steel guitar exhibit, hands-on steel guitar demonstrations, and evening public kanikapila jam sessions.

The Sunday festival at Kukui Grove Center will be a condensed version of the Kapa‘a festival and include a main concert and hands-on demonstrations only.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
May 27, 2023 - Rescheduled

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i originally scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2023, is now rescheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2023. Joseph Zayac has been added as a featured steel guitar artist. Bobby Ingano, originally included as one of the postponed festival's featured steel guitarists, will not be able to participate in the rescheduled festival due to a calendar conflict.

NextGen steel guitar player Reign Lyu has been added to the program.

The Saturday festival concert will be Livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase page and YouTube channel.

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HIMELE Events
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 5, 2024 – 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM HST
Kukui Grove Center, Lihue, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2024 – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST
Windward Mall, Kāne‘ohe (O‘ahu), Hawai‘i

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week - July 8-13, 2024
July 8-11, 2024 – 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM HST (Nightly Concerts)
Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī (O‘ahu), Hawai‘i

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 12, 2024 – 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM HST
Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī (O‘ahu), Hawai‘i

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 13, 2024 – 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM HST
Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī (O‘ahu), Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 17, 2024 – 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM HST
Kahala Mall, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 19, 2024 – 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM HST
The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
November 14-17, 2024 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Waimea, Hawai‘i Island

2024 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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All broadcasts originate from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.


Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 12, 2024 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM HST


Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 13, 2024 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM HST
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
November 15, 2024 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM HST


Other Events
2024 AISGC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival *
July 25-27, 2024 – Towne Square Community Center, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association 2024 Festival *
September 26-28, 2024 – Emeryville, CA
* Registration Fee Required

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