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June 9, 2023 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

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

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023

Joseph Zayac will not be able to participate in this year's festival due to a scheduling conflict.

Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 14, 2023

Japanese guest artist Boo Takagi will not participate as previously announced.

Shinichi Kakiuchi will join this year's festival lineup with his wife Kumiko.

The starting time for the festival has been moved to 4:00 PM HST (11:00 AM Sunday Japan time), an hour later than previously announced. The festival will conclude at 7:30 PM. The Friday event will be livestreamed.

Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 10-15, 2023

The performance order for the Monday-Thursday evening concerts has been revised. Mālie Lyman will perform on Monday, the NextGen steel guitarists will perform on Tuesday, Greg Sardinha and Po‘okela, will perform on Wednesday, and Alan Akaka and The Islanders will perform on Thursday. The one-hour programs will begin at 5:30 PM each day.

Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival performances will begin at 4:00 PM HST and run through 7:30 PM. Emcee for the festival will be Reiko Tokushige Rogers.


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

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
December 14-17, 2023 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Waimea, Hawai‘i Island.

2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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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 — CANCELED
September 9, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Maui Steel Guitar Festival Reprise
October 14, 2023 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

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

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

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
December 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM HST

Other Events
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association (HSGA) 2023 Festival *
September 21-23, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA
* Registration Fee Required

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