HIMELE™ plans to resume in-person live steel guitar festivals in 2022, contingent on pandemic directives and venue approvals. Livestream Showcases will continue until further notice.
Here is a more detailed description of the events and activities that HIMELE produces, sponsors, or collaborates with others to present. All festivals are co-presented by HIMELE and festival venue partners who provide major support for the events. Please see our Support Us page to see who else supports the festivals and to learn how you can become a supporter of our events.
KAUA‘I STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
The Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival is held annually at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i. The festival usually precedes Keola Beamer's annual Aloha Music Camp
and provides AMC participants an opportunity to extend their Hawaiian music experience. Past festivals have been held in the February timeframe but are subject to the actual scheduling of the Aloha Music Camp.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
MAUI STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
The Maui Steel Guitar Festival has presented the Hawaiian steel guitar to Maui audiences since 2008 through collaboration with Arts and Education Group. Now produced and presented entirely by HIMELE, the festival will continue to present steel guitarists from Maui and worldwide to Maui audiences at two venues. A Friday-Saturday event is usually held at a tourist-centric venue, and a Sunday event is held at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. The Maui festival is usually held in the April-May timeframe and is planned to avoid conflicting with events such as the Merrie Monarch Festival, Easter, and Japan's Golden Week.
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
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.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i is usually held in Kapolei on O‘ahu's West side during March.
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall is usually held at Windward Mall in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu on the second weekend of June to celebrate King Kamehameha I Day.
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall is held at the Kahala Mall in Honolulu, O‘ahu during August. This festival features youth steel guitar players ages 11 through 17 from Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music.
HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR SHOWCASE
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase presents live streamed steel guitar performances via the Showcase's Facebook page. The Showcase was created as an alternative to live festival performances which were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Showcases are presented at least monthly and feature artists that also participate in HIMELE's live steel guitar festivals.
Three showcases are offered: Livestream Steel Guitar Saturdays feature two steel guitar masters and NextGen Keiki performers. Livestream Kanikapila feature a band of all-star musicians playing favorite Hawaiian songs that can be played along with by livestream viewers at home. The Open Stage Showcase features performance videos of Hawaiian steel guitar music submitted by steel guitarists of all ages from many US states and abroad.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase
WAIKĪKĪ STEEL GUITAR WEEK and FESTIVAL
The Royal Hawaiian Center and HIMELE present Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
including the Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival during the second week of July, immediately preceding the annual ‘Ukulele Festival Hawai‘i. The event features nightly, one-hour steel guitar performances Monday-Thursday, an Open Stage program on Saturday afternoon, and evening ho‘olaule‘a programs from 5:30 PM - 9 PM Saturday. All performances will be presented at the center's outdoor Royal Grove stage.
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week and Festival
JAPAN-HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
The Royal Hawaiian Center and HIMELE present the Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
as a part of Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week. The festival features evening ho‘olaule‘a programs from 5:30 PM - 9 PM Friday showcasing visiting steel guitar players from Japan. All performances will be presented at the center's outdoor Royal Grove stage.
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
HAWAI‘I ISLAND STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
The Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
, incorporating the Mauna Lani's Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a program, is held in the November-December timeframe at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i.
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR SYMPOSIUM
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium
is a series of intensive steel guitar workshops presented throughout the State of Hawai‘i. Each symposium provides intensive training on the Hawaiian lap steel guitar. Workshops span multiple days and provide an opportunity for festival guests to learn about and how to play the Hawaiian steel guitar. Symposiums are conducted by professional Hawaiian steel guitarists.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium