Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival

2018 Festival Program

Friday and Saturday Festival Ho'olaule'a Pageants - Hotel Ballroom

Friday's ho'olaule'a will begin at 4:00 P.M. and will feature keiki Next Generation steel guitarists and five other steel guitar masters in separate programs for your enjoyment. Friday emcee will Iaukea Bright. Saturday's ho'olaule'a will begin at 4:00 P.M. and feature six different steel guitar masters. Iaukea Bright will also host Saturday's program.

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

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

Next Generation Steel Guitarists and Musicians

Four "Next Generation" Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment. These musicians age 10, 13, and 14, will be accompanied by members of the Ke Kula Mele Ensemble.


Steel guitar workshops will be conducted on Saturday morning.

Open Stage Entertainment

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

Sunday Brunch Entertainment

Guests of the Mauna Lani's Sunday brunch at the Bay Terrace will enjoy music on the lawn from a kanikapila-stype jam session by participating steel guitar masters and other musicians.

Steel Guitar Exhibit

An exhibit featuring vintage and contemporary lap steel guitars will be presented at the festival. The instruments are from the instrument collections of Hawai'i-based steel guitarists appearing at the festival. Come and see this wide assortment of steel guitars. Festival guests will also be offered hands-on opportunities to experience the steel guitar under the guidance of a steel guitar expert.

The Proclamation

Hawai'i County mayor Harry Kim is expected to issue a proclamation declaring September 7-9, 2018, as Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Appreciation Days.

The Festival Poster

2018 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.

Festival Archives

The Festival Archives contains program information from previous festivals.

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