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
February 28-29, 2020 — Sheraton Hotel, Kapa'a, Kaua'i (same location, different name)
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD — Maui site
Maui 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
Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 15-18, 2019 — Nightly Evening Performances — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
July 19-20, 2019 — Nightly Festival Ho'olaule'a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Kine
August, 17, 2019 — Kahala Mall, Honolulu
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
The 2019 Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival is canceled due to a completion delay of the hotel's renovation project.
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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 Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The third annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i will be held at Ka Makana Ali'i in Kapolei on Oah'u'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.
The fourth annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall will be held at the Windward Mall in Kane'ohe, Oah'u and tentatively scheduled for June 8, 2019.
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall Keiki Kine will be held at the Kahala Mall in Honolulu, Oah'u 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.