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.
|4:30 PM||Konabob Stoffer|
|5:10 PM||Dave "DK" Kolars|
|5:50 PM||Next Generation Steel Guitarists|
|6:30 PM||Masami Sato|
|7:10 PM||Alan Akaka and The Islanders|
|7:50 PM||Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz|
|4:30 PM||Alexis Tolentino|
|5:10 PM||Iaukea Bright|
|5:50 PM||Greg Sardinha|
|7:10 PM||Pomai Brown|
|7:50 PM||The Bobby Ingano Trio|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Festival Archives contains program information from previous festivals.