Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Festival Update

In accordance with recommendations from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) HIMELE has updated its 2020 festival calendar. As of March 15, the CDC, "in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. To comply with these recommendations and with an abundance of caution for its musicians, staff, and festival guests, HIMELE has made the following changes to its schedule of steel guitar festivals in 2020.

COVID-19   Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i – CANCELED
COVID-19   Maui Steel Guitar Festival – Rescheduled for October 16-18, 2020
COVID-19   Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall – CANCELED
COVID-19   Waikiki Steel Guitar Week – CANCELED
COVID-19   Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival – CANCELED

Additional schedule changes may be required depending on directives and recommendations from National, State, and/or Local governmental agencies.

Don Touchi Retires From HIMELE Board of Directors

HIMELE Director and Board Member Don Touchi has retired from the HIMELE Board of Directors. Don cites potential medical issues that might not allow him "to perform at the level that is required to advance the cause." In addition to serving as a HIMELE Board Member, Don was HIMELE's official event photographer. HIMELE appreciates Don's service for the past four years.

Hear HIMELE Chairman Alan Akaka's message to Don.

Nate Goore Elected To HIMELE Board of Directors

Nate Goore has been elected to the HIMELE Board of Directors to fill the remaining term of retired director Don Touchi. Nate has been a long-time supporter of HIMELE and has participated in many recent festivals as a parent volunteer and as a backup musician. Nate resides on the Kona Coast of Hawai‘i Island and oversees the Honolulu office of MKThink, an architectural design, strategy, and analytics firm.

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