The 2018 Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival will be held on September 7-9, 2018, instead of the November festival date. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows will undergo a major renovation beginning in October, 2018. The hotel requested that we reschedule the festival in order to avoid the renovation project.
The 2018 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall, scheduled for June 9, 2018, 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 2018 Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival will be held on March 1-2, 2019, instead of the normal February date. The annual Aloha Music Camp will also be rescheduled to be held on March 3-10, 2019 instead of the normal February date. The rescheduling is at the advice of the Courtyard Kaua'i which will undergo a major renovation project beginning in Fall, 2018.
HIMELE is also looking to the future and developing plans for additional community-focused festivals on O'ahu and festivals in the Southern and Northern California areas and in Tokyo, Japan.