Steel Trappings

Instruments and Luthiers

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Part I-1
June 27, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

What started out as a one-time pictorial on mother of toilet seat (MOTS) covered amplifiers has [...]

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Part I-2
July 4, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

By the mid '50s, MOTS had lost its appeal, as had Hawaiian music, so Magnatone discontinued its [...]

Andy Volk
Bill Hardin - Part 1
July 7, 2016 • Andy Volk • Instruments and Luthiers

This article is about the career of luthier Bill Hardin, from his early days with Dobro to the founding of Bear Creek Guitars. It's a [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1937 Rickenbacher B6
July 30, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

In 1909, Belgium chemist, L.H. Bakeland devised a resin that hardened into a tough, dense [...]

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Part II-1
August 3, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

While the focus of this series (see Jan., Feb., and March '98 VG) has been MOTS amplifiers [...]

Andy Volk
Bill Hardin - Part 2
August 18, 2016 • Andy Volk • Instruments and Luthiers

Hardin's days of hitting the swap meets and the flea markets in search of 25 or 50-dollar Hawaiian- [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1955 Fender Champion
September 12, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Long before Leo Fender built the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, he built Hawaiian lap [...]

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Parts II-2 & III
October 1 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

An early wood-bodied single-neck is pictured in Hawaiian Steel Guitars and the Great Hawaiian [...]

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HIMELE Events

2024 Festivals and Workshops
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 17, 2024 – 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM HST
Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei

Kona Steel Guitar Festival
April 4-6, 2024
Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa, Keauhou, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 11, 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 10-15, 2023)
July 8-13, 2024 – 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM HST
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 (tentative)
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

2024 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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Kona Steel Guitar Festival
April 6, 2024 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

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


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

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