Maui nonprofit Arts Education for Children Group (AECG) has turned the presentation responsibility of the Maui Steel Guitar Festival over to HIMELE. Alan Akaka and Addison Ching, and later, HIMELE, have produced the event for AECG since 2013. For more information click here.
The 2019 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival, previously canceled, is now scheduled for December 13-15, 2019. The festival was previously canceled because the hotel did not expect their renovation project to be compleed and projected a reopening date of the last week of 2019. HIMELE subsequently received a notice from the hotel that they want the festival to mark their re-opening in mid-December. Please check back for an announcement during the first week of June, 2019.
The 2019 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall, scheduled for June 8, 2019, will be held jointly with the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music Spring Concert. The school concert will begin at 11 A.M., and the festival will follow immedately afterwards. The festival will be live-streamed by Huana Productions, LLC., and the live-stream can viewed from the festival's Facebook page.
The first annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall Keiki Kine will be held on August 17, 2019. This festival will feature Ke Kula Mele's NextGen steel guitarists and musicians in an hourlong concert showcasing the talents of these young musicians from age 10 through 16. This event is presented by Breezy Ridge Instruments and John Pearse Strings.