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April 15, 2023 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

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

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

The list of featured steel guitar players has been revised to eight and now includes Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, Mālie Lyman, Sebastian Müller from Germany, Greg Sardinha, Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, and Joseph Zayac.

Sebastian was previously featured in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Spotlight ON! Series. His feature was published in November, 2022.

The event schedule for the festival has been released.

The Open Stage will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday. Artists include steel guitar students of Heu‘i Bandmann, Vickie Van Fechtmann, Barbara Bones and guest Mary Neudorffer, and Kaua‘i's Jess Montgomery.

The Saturday Ho‘olaule‘a concert at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa‘a will be presented in two performance segments and both will be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The first segment will begin at noon and run to about 3:00 PM. This segment will feature steel guitarists Joseph Zayac, Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, NextGen steel guitarists Makamae Lyu-Napoleon and Isabella Bertelmann, and Kapono Lopes and Alan Akaka.

The second segment will begin at 4:00 PM and feature Greg Sardinha, Germany's Sebastian Muller, Mālie Lyman, NextGen Enosa Lyman, Joey Misailidis and Tai Misailidis, and Bobby Ingano. The second segment will run until about 7:00 PM. The public Kanikapila will run from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The Sunday festival at Kukui Grove Center in Lihue will feature an abbreviated concert lasting about four hours with seven steel guitar players and the NextGen performing. The Sunday festival concert begins at noon and runs until about 3:15 PM.

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

Due to a scheduling conflict, steel guitarist Joseph Zayac has withdrawn from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i. A replacement will be announced when identified.

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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 – 2:00 PM - 6:00 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

2024 Northern California Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium *
September 29, 2024 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA

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 – 2:00 PM - 6:00 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 – Cupertino, CA
* Registration Fee Required

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