HIMELE ADDS NEW FESTIVALS
In addition to planning existing annual Kaua'i, Maui and Waikiki Festivals, HIMELE will also produce several brand-new festivals in 2017. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival held this year at the Windward Mall will become the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall, and a second Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i (Kapolei's new shopping destination) will be held on March 18, 2017. The Kona Steel Guitar Festival will be held on November 10-12, 2017 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii.
HIMELE is also working with its partners in Tokyo, Japan, to co-produce a Japan Steel Guitar Festival at the end of September, 2017. This festival is planned to be held every other year, alternating with the biennial convention of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association-Japan Chapter.
HIMELE is also working with a venue in Southern California to present a steel guitar festival in the Southern California area.