In addition to planning existing annual Kaua'i, Maui and Waikiki Festivals, HIMELE produced several brand-new festivals in 2017. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was rebranded as the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall, and a second Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i (Kapolei's new shopping destination) was presented on March 18, 2017. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival brand represents festivals that will be planned for community involvement and presented at community-centric venues. Funding permitting, festivals will be added in 2018 at two additional community shopping destinations, Kahala and Pearl Ridge.
The Kona Steel Guitar Festival and the previously-planned Hilo Steel Guitar Festival have been combined into a single, island-wide festival now called the Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival. This Hawaii Island festival will be held on November 10-12, 2017 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii.
HIMELE is also looking to the future and developing plans for festivals in the Southern and Northern California areas and in Tokyo, Japan.