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Steel Guitar PLAY It Forward

Join the Steel Guitar PLAY It Forward™ campaign! Donate your unused steel guitar to a Hawaiian steel guitar school or instructor and reward a deserving student. Contact HIMELE if you need more information.


The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc. – HIMELE™ (high-MEL-eh) is a Hawai‘i Non-Profit Corporation that supports music education and enrichment for people of all ages. Our purpose is to educate, promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments. We do this by organizing and sponsoring festivals including the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week, the Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival, the Kona Steel Guitar Festival, the Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, and the Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival. We present community-focused steel guitar festivals at Ka Makana Ali‘i in Kapolei, the Windward Mall in Kāne‘ohe and the Kahala Mall in Wai‘alae-Kāhala, that are conveniently located to population centers on O‘ahu. We present livestream broadcasts via the Internet including streaming of concert portions of the festivals. We also conduct workshops, exhibitions, and other music-related public events and use social media channels and our websites to publicize the corporation's music and cultural activities and provide information to the public.

HIMELE™ is a registered trade name in the State of Hawaii and HIMELE has been designated a 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS. In order to accomplish its goals, HIMELE may also collaborate with other organizations including non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.

HIMELE is dedicated to continuing to educate and enrich the world through the music, culture and spirit of Hawaii.

HIMELE is recognized by Guidestar, an information service of Candid specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.

Meet the NextGen Steel Guitarists

  • Isabella Bertelmann
    Isabella Bertelmann
  • Enosa Lyman and Hi‘ipoi Lindsey
    Enosa Lyman and Hi‘ipoi Lindsey
  • Thang Nguyen
    Thang Nguyen
  • Tai Misailidis
    Tai Misailidis
  • Enosa Lyman
    Enosa Lyman
  • Hi‘ipoi Lindsey
    Hi‘ipoi Lindsey
  • Makamae Lyu-Napoleon
    Makamae Lyu-Napoleon
  • Ever Ta‘ala
    Ever Ta‘ala
  • Isaac Woodward
    Isaac Woodward
  • Isabella Bertelmann and Makamae Lyu-Napoleon
    Isabella Bertelmann and Makamae Lyu-Napoleon

What's Pictured in the Heading?

HIMELE produces, supports and participates in various events that promote Hawaiian music and culture, with a focus on youth musicians.

Left: 2019 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week featuring Ke Kula Mele Hawaii NextGen steel guitarists and musicians. PC-Don Touchi.
Middle: 2019 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival-Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall. NextGen steel guitarist Pono Fernandez shows a festival guest how to play the steel guitar. PC-Don Touchi.
Right: 2020 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival school visiation to Kapa‘a Middle School. Students were given an introduction to and history of the Hawaiian steel guitar and encouraged to try out the instrument. PC-Mary Lardizabal.

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 21-24, 2024 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Waimea, Hawai‘i Island

2024 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

Facebook LiveYouTube
All broadcasts originate from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 17, 2024 – Time 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience at Mauna Lani
November 22, 2024 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM HST

* Registration Fee Required