Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival


The 2022 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience featuring the Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival, was held at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, on Thursday through Sunday, December 8-11, 2022.

The Experience featured a new concept for festivals, with boutique performances throughout the day and at various resort venues including the hotel's restaurants. The main steel guitar concert ho‘olaule‘a concert was held on Friday, December 9, 2022, and the hotel's monthly Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a featured the Hawaiian steel guitar and included performances by NextGen steel guitarists. Workshops, jam sessions, Open Stage performances and a vintage steel guitar exhibit were also part of the 2022 Experience.

Performers included Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz and Ed Punua along with Hawai‘i Island steel guitarists Pomai Brown, Sonny Lim, and Dwight Tokumoto.

The festival was presented free to the public by the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection and the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music, with grants and support from corporate partners, and private donors. Support was provided in part by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).


Hawai‘i Steel Guitar Experience Poster
2022 Festival Poster