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EVENT SCHEDULE
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
February 16, 2019 (tentative) — Ka Makana Ali'i Shopping Center, Kapolei
 
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 — Sheraton Hotel (formerly Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach), Kapa'a, Kaua'i
 
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD — Maui site
 
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
TBD — Maui site
TBD — Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
 
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 (tentative) — Windward Mall, Kaneohe
 
Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 8-11, 2019 — Nightly Evening Performances — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
July 12-13, 2019 — Nightly Festival Ho'olaule'a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
 
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Style
August, 17, 2019 — Kahala Mall, Honolulu
 
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 6-8, 2019 — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (formerly Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows), Kohala Coast, Hawai'i
 

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
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
The fourth annual Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival is scheduled for March 1st and 2nd, 2019, at the Sheraton Hotel in Kapa'a (rebranded from Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach.) The rescheduled March date is due to a conflict with a hotel renovation and rebranding project that will begin in fall, 2018 and is expected to complete sometime in early February. The event will take place immediately preceding Keola Beamer's Aloha Music Camp and provides AMC participants an opportunity to extend their Hawaiian music experience. All festival events will be held indoors. HIMELE is partnering with the Sheraton to produce the festival which is supported in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

MAUI STEEL GUITAR CAMP
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
The Maui Steel Guitar Camp provides intensive training on the Hawaiian steel guitar. Workshops span multiple days immediately preceding the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, providing an opportunity for festival guests to first learn about and how to play the Hawaiian steel guitar before enjoying the festival. The camp is produced in collaboration with Arts Education for Children Group. The 2019 camp is scheduled to immediately precede the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, but the date will be announced at a later date.

MAUI STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
The Maui Steel Guitar Festival is produced in collaboration with Arts Education for Children Group. The date of the 11th Annual festival will be in the April, 2019 timeframe but the exact date and resort location of the festival will be announced at a later date. The festival will be again be planned for two Maui locations, starting at a resort location and relocating on Sunday to Kahului's Queen Ka'ahamanu Center with performances and the steel guitar exhibit. This program is supported in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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. This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
The third annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i will be held at Ka Makana Ali'i in Kapolei on Oah'u's West side in February 16, 2019. The exact festival date will be announced later. While the festival is normally held in March, the 2019 festival is being moved to February because of rescheduling of the Kaua'i festival due to hotel construction issues. The 2020 festival will be held in March, 2020.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
The fourth annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall will be held at the Windward Mall in Kane'ohe, Oah'u and tentatively scheduled for June 8, 2019.
 

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall Keiki Style
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall Keiki Style will be held at the Kahala Mall in Honolulu, Oah'u on August, 17, 2019. Presented by John Pearse Strings and Breezy Ridge Instruments, this festival will feature youth steel guitar players ages 11 through 14 from Ke Kula Mele School of Hawaiian Music.
 

WAIKIKI STEEL GUITAR WEEK and WAIKIKI STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Waikiki Steel Guitar Week and Festival
The Royal Hawaiian Center and HIMELE will present the 3rd Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week including the 10th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival during the week of July 8-13, 2019. The event will feature nightly, one-hour steel guitar performances Monday-Thursday, and evening ho'olaule'a programs from 5:30 PM - 9 PM Friday and Saturday. All performances will be presented at the center's outdoor Royal Grove stage.

HAWAI'I ISLAND STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
The third annual Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival will be held on December 6-8, 2019, at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawaii. The festival will be presented by the Mauna Lani and HIMELE and is supported in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts. NOTE: The 2019 festival will be held in December to accommodate completion of the major renovation and rebranding of the hotel scheduled to begin in October, 2018. All festival events will be held indoors.

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