Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival

Festival Information

The Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival is presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music. The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. This free, 3-day festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops, jam sessions and public and private school visitations that are focused on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre.

The Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection is one of a series of annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar festivals and other events produced by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and its partners.

All festivals are presented to increase awareness and foster interest in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, an instrument important to Hawaiian music and culture. All these festivals are free and open to the public and made possible through grant awards and donations from Hawai‘i State agencies, corporate sponsors and private individuals, supplemented by in-kind contributions and volunteer resources. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support our festivals.

The 2022 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience

The 2022 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2022 through Sunday, December 11, 2022, at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection. The Mauna Lani is located along the Kohala Coast of Hawai‘I Island, near Kona.

The 2022 Experience is expected to include the following:

  • Boutique performances throughout the days at various resort venues including the Canoe House, Surf Shack, Francis Brown Venue, Makai Lawn, and HāLani Restaurant
  • A Thursday twilight kanikapila or performaces at the Canoe House restaurant
  • A Friday evening ho‘olaule‘a concert in the Hale Hoaloha Pavilion
  • Saturday workshops
  • Saturday evening Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert
  • Sunday morning entertainment at HāLani Restaurant

Portions of the Experience including the Friday Ho‘olaule‘a and the Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert will be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook page and YouTube Channel as a part of the Festival Sowcases series.

The festival will also include a steel guitar exhibit and a hands-on demonstration where festival guests can learn more about the Hawaiian steel guitar and try out the instrument under the guidance of steel guitar experts.

Education is a key component of the steel guitar festivals. School visitations by master steel guitarists and Next Generation steel guitar players will be scheduled with local area schools. These visitations will include an introduction to the Hawaiian steel guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music and culture. A musical demonstration will be given by the visitation team, followed by hands-on opportunities for classroom students. Local area schools will be contacted about scheduling a visitation time on Friday, and information about any workshop offered at the festival will be posted when it becomes available.

Festival T-shirts and artists' CDs will be available for purchase at the festival information and sales tables inside the ballroom during most musical events.

Surveys will be administered at various times during the festival to gauge festival guest experiences and assist with future festival planning.

Festival Information From Previous Festivals

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