Hawai'i Steel Guitar Festival

Friday Evening Program, Part 1

Friday's ho'olaule'a was relocated from the outdoors Milo Tree location to the Meeting Room foyer area due to the possibility of inclement weather. Emcees were Alan Akaka and Danny Akaka, Jr.

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  • Iaukea Bright prepares for his performance as co-emcees Danny Jr. and Alan Akaka chat with backup musicians.
  • Alan and Danny Jr. share opening remarks while guitarist Pomai Brown prepares.
  • Alan introduces Iaukea Bright. The bass player is Dwain Young.
  • Co-emcee Danny Akaka, Jr. offers comments while Alan stands by.
  • Co-emcee Alan Akaka.
  • Co-emcee Danny Akaka, Jr.
  • Featured steel guitarist Iaukea Bright.
  • Steel guitarist Pomai Brown played backup guitar for Iaukea Bright.
  • Backup musician Dwain Young was handy on the upright bass.
  • Dwain, Iaukea, and Pomai.
  • Iaukea's view of the audience.
  • The Ke Kula Mele Next Generation musicians and ensemble.From left: Alan Akaka, Tai and Joey Misailidis, Alexis Tolentino, Mālie Lyman, Addison Ching.
  • Next Generation steel guitarist Joey Misailids, age 12.
  • Next Generation U-bassist Tai Misailidis, age 9.
  • Steel Guitarist Alexis Tolentino, 18, is a Next Generation alumnus and plays ʻukulele for the ensemble.
  • Addison Ching.
  • Next Generation steel guitarist Mālie Lyman. Mālie also plays ʻukulele.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka.
  • Mālie Lyman at the steel.
  • For you and....her. Mālie has fun with Henehene Kou Aka.
  • Alan and Danny introduce the Hana Aloha Trio: Alan Hale, Shirley Stoffer, and Konabob Stoffer on the steel guitar.
  • Alan, Shirley, and Konabob.
  • Danny Akaka, Jr. and Alan Akaka.

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