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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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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


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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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