The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival is presented each year by HIMELE (Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences) and event partners. The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists and up-coming students for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. This annual event is presented to highten awareness of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music and culture.
Alan Akaka, renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, music teacher and Executive Director of HIMELE, says, "It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama'aina will join us."
The 7th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival
In partnership with the Royal Hawaiian Center, the 7th annual Festival will be held at the Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This year's event once again precedes the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival at Kapi'olani Park on July 17. This year's festival is planned to begin mid-morning and extend throughout the afternoon. Please check back for program information.
The lineup will once again feature popular Hawaiian Steel Guitar masters along with steel guitar students of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music. This year's featured steel guitar masters will include Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, Isaac Akuna, Paul Kim, Eddie Palama, Greg Sardinha and Timi Abrigo in individual programs of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance.
Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Next Generation steel guitar students Pono Fernandez, 11, Malie Lyman, 12 and Alexis Tolentino, 17, will be accompanied by the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii ensemble musicians.
The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage. Standard parking rates apply. Validated parking is available with purchase from any center merchant.
The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival will feature eight of Hawai'i's steel guitar masters and three Next Generation Hawaiian steel guitar players from the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music. Morning and early afternoon performances will be hosted by celebrity personality Mele Apana and the late afternoon and evening performances will be hosted by celebrity personality Kimo Kahoano.
The following musical performances are scheduled to begin at 11 A.M. at the Royal Grove:
Hosted by Mele Apana
11:00-11:30 A.M. Ke Kula Mele Next Gen Students and Ensemble
11:45-12:30 P.M. Alan Akaka
12:45-1:30 P.M. Isaac Akuna
1:45-2:30 P.M. Paul Kim
2:45-3:30 P.M. Jeff Au Hoy
Hosted by Kimo Kahoano
3:45-4:30 P.M. Greg Sardinha
4:45-5:30 P.M. Bobby Ingano
6:00-7:00 P.M. Nightly Royal Hawaiian Center Hula Program
7:15-8:00 P.M. Eddie Palama & Group
8:15-9:00 P.M. Timi Abrigo & The Abrigo 'Ohana
Featured Steel Guitarists
- Alan Akaka
- Isaac Akuna
- Paul Kim
- Jeff Au Hoy
- Greg Sardinha
- Bobby Ingano
- Eddie Palama
- Timi Abrigo and the Abrigo Ohana
Next Generation Steel Guitar Players
Next Generation steel guiitar students of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment.