While the festival is free and open to the public, it is completely dependent upon grants and contributions to defray the cost of producing the festival. Festival production and support staff volunteer their time and resources for this event. Festival production expenses including stipends for the professional festival entertainers and instructors, transportation costs for festival personnel, and miscellaneous production and administrative costs are completely supported through grants and donations.
Major support for the festival comes from grants and donations from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, and HIMELE. This program is also supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival needs and welcomes your donations to help us underwrite festival production costs. If you wish to make a cash donation, please fill out the contact form and you will receive information on how you can do this.
Your contribution may be tax-deductible and will go a long way to support and perpetuate music education and the Hawaiian steel guitar. Your kokua is sincerely appreciated.
All contributions will be acknowledged by a Mahalo (thank you) letter from Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and may qualify for a tax deduction. Consult your financial advisor to verify your eligibility.
Mahalo for your support!