Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival


Friday and Saturday Festival Ho'olaule'a Pageants - Milo Tree Lawn

Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 4:30 each evening. Each evening features six different Hawaiian steel guitar masters will present programs featuring Hawaiian music and hula.

The following is a tentative program schedule and is subject to change.

4:00 PMEmcee
4:30 PMNext Generation Steel Guitarists
5:10 PMKonabob Stoffer
5:50 PMIaukea Bright
6:30 PMDave "DK" Kolars
7:10 PMSonny Lim
7:50 PMAlan Akaka and The Islanders
3:45 PMEmcee
3:50 PMDave Soreff
4:30 PMAlexis Tolentino
5:10 PMDwight Tokumoto
5:50 PMGeronimo "Geri" Valdriz
6:30 PMGreg Sardinha
7:10 PMPomai Brown
7:50 PMThe Bobby Ingano Trio
Featured Steel Guitarists

Next Generation Steel Guitarists

Four "Next Generation" Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment. These steel guitarists age 12 and 13, will be accompanied by members of the Ke Kula Mele Ensemble.


Steel guitar workshops and cultural workshops such as lauhala weaving, feather lei making, and hula, will be offered.

Open Stage Entertainment

Saturday Open stage sessions are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M., and feature guest artists and performers. These 30-minute playing sessions will showcase steel guitarists from all over the world. If you are interested in performing on the open stage, please fill out the contact form to sign up.

  • Jack Aldrich
  • Ke Kula Mele Steel Guitarists and Ke Kula Mele Ensemble
  • Troy Keoho Group
  • Mark Alan Mendes
  • Shinichi Kakiuchi

The Festival Poster

2017 Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival Poster

The Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival poster was designed by Addison Ching and features pictures of the master performers superimposed on a silhouette of a Gibson EH-150 steel guitar. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.

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