The festival program for December 8-11, 2022,is undergoing development but will likely include these components:
Each month during the full moon, music lovers bring blankets and folding chairs to the oceanfront lawn at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage. Musicians gather on the lanai (porch) to talk story and play their favorite tunes. The stage is humble but the talent is world-class. For over two decades, the Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert series has served as a Who's Who of Hawaiian music.
The festival's Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a program will be hosted by Kahu Hanai Danny Akaka, Jr. NextGen steel guitarists and musicians will open the program, followed by steel guitar talk story and performances by your favorite steel guitar artists including Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, and Geri Valdriz.
"Next Generation" Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment.
Guests of the Mauna Lani's Sunday brfeakfast at the HāLani Restaurant will enjoy music 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 Francis Brown venue. 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 steel guitar experts.
The 2022 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience 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.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kona Steel Guitar Festival