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EVENT SCHEDULE
2019
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 16, 2019 — Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei
 
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 — Courtyard Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
 
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD — Maui site
 
Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
April 12-13, 2019 — Outlets of Maui, Lahaina, Maui
April 14, 2019 — Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
 
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 — Windward Mall, Kaneohe
 
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 15-18, 2019 — Nightly Evening Performances — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
July 19-20, 2019 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
 
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Kine
August, 17, 2019 — Kahala Mall, Honolulu
 
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 13-15, 2019 — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i
 
2020
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 — Sheraton Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i (same location, different name)
 
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
October 9-10, 2020 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
 

Here is a more detailed description of the events and activities that HIMELE produces, sponsors, or collaborates with others to present. All festivals are co-presented by HIMELE and festival venue partners who provide major support for the events. Please see our Support Us page to see who else supports the festivals and to learn how you can become a supporter of our events.

KAUA‘I STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
The fifth annual Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival is scheduled for February 28th and 29th, 2020, at the Sheraton Hotel in Kapa‘a (rebranded from Courtyard Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach.) The event will take place immediately preceding Keola Beamer's Aloha Music Camp and provides AMC participants an opportunity to extend their Hawaiian music experience. All festival events will be held indoors. HIMELE is partnering with the Sheraton to produce the festival. Funding provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program. This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

MAUI STEEL GUITAR CAMP
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
The Maui Steel Guitar Camp provides intensive training on the Hawaiian steel guitar. Workshops span multiple days immediately preceding the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, providing an opportunity for festival guests to first learn about and how to play the Hawaiian steel guitar before enjoying the festival.

MAUI STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Through the 2019 festival, HIMELE produced the festival as the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival for Arts Education for Children Group (AECG). Beginning in 2020, AECG will diminsh its role as festival presenter as it transitions the festival to HIMELE.

HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR SYMPOSIUM
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium is a series of intensive steel guitar workshops presented throughout the State of Hawai‘i. Each symposium provides intensive training on the Hawaiian lap steel guitar. Workshops span multiple days and provide an opportunity for festival guests to learn about and how to play the Hawaiian steel guitar. Symposiums are conducted by professional Hawaiian steel guitarists.

HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival is a series of steel guitar festivals presented at community venues on O‘ahu and are focused towards local audiences. Festivals are presented at Windward Mall in Kane‘ohe on O‘ahu's Windward side, at Ka Makana Ali‘i in Kapolei on O‘ahu's Leeward side, and at Kahala Mall in East O‘ahu beginning in 2019. This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
The third annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i will be held at Ka Makana Ali‘i in Kapolei on O‘ahu's West side in February 16, 2019. The exact festival date will be announced later. While the festival is normally held in March, the 2019 festival is being moved to February because of rescheduling of the Kaua‘i festival due to hotel construction issues. The 2020 festival will be held in March, 2020.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
The fourth annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall will be held at the Windward Mall in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu and tentatively scheduled for June 8, 2019.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall Keiki Kine
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall Keiki Kine will be held at the Kahala Mall in Honolulu, O‘ahu on August, 17, 2019. Presented by John Pearse Strings and Breezy Ridge Instruments, this festival will feature youth steel guitar players ages 11 through 14 from Ke Kula Mele School of Hawaiian Music.

WAIKĪKĪ STEEL GUITAR WEEK and WAIKĪKĪ STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
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The Royal Hawaiian Center and HIMELE will present the 3rd Annual Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week including the 10th Annual Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival during the week of July 15-20, 2019. The event will feature nightly, one-hour steel guitar performances Monday-Thursday, and evening ho‘olaule‘a programs from 5:30 PM - 9 PM Friday and Saturday. All performances will be presented at the center's outdoor Royal Grove stage.

JAPAN-HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
The Royal Hawaiian Center and HIMELE will present the Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival on October 9-10, 2020. The festival will feature evening ho‘olaule‘a programs from 5:30 PM - 9 PM Friday and Saturday showcasing visiting steel guitar players from Japan. All performances will be presented at the center's outdoor Royal Grove stage. This event will be held biennially, in even-numbered years, alternating with the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association - Japan Chapter's biennial festival.

HAWAI‘I ISLAND STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
The 3rd annual Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival, is scheduled December 13-15, 2019, at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i, pending completion of the hotel's renovation project. The festival will be presented by the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Funding provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program. This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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