Open stage performances featured steel guitarists from Hawaii, California, and Japan. Ke Kula Mele Next Generation musicians also performed.
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- Steel guitarist Hideki Hattori with Hitoshi Uchida and Hiroshi Kaneko. THe group is known as ʻʻLos Hawaiianos."
- Hideki Hattori with Hitoshi Uchida, Hiroshi Kaneko, and Addison Ching.
- Alexis Tolentino was the open stage emcee.
- Steel guitarist Noriko Tomita with husband Shuji Tomita. Backup was provided by Alan Akaka, Addison Ching, and Larry Holu.
- Shuji and Noriko Tomita.
- Shiju Tomita provided vocal renditions while Noriko complemented him with her steel guitar playing.
- Steel guitarist Daniel Toft.
- Kekahuaonaleo (Kahua Cagampang, Kaleo Perry, and Kaleo Kam) were accompanied by Addison Ching on the steel guitar.
- Kekahuaonaleo provided vocal renditions in three-part harmony.
- Steel guitarist Dr. Kris Oka from San Francisco.
- Emcee Alexis with assistant emcee Tai Misailidis.
- Shirley Holu provided vocals while husband Larry Holu complemented her singing with his steel guitar.
- Shirley and Larry Holu were accompanied by Alan Akaka and Addison Ching.
- Shirley and Larry Holu.
- Mālie Lyman joined in on ʻukulele.
- Ke Kula Mele Next Generation steel guitarists and musicians.
- Next Generation musicians Tai Misailidis on U-bass, steel guitarists Pono Fernandez, Joey Misailidis, and Mālie Lyman, with Alan Akaka and Addison Ching. The steel guitarists alternate on ʻukulele when they are not playing their steel guitars.
- Next Generation U-bass player Tai Misailidis also plays the upright bass in her school orchestra.
- Next Generation steel guitarist Joey Misailidis.
- Next Generation steel guitarist Pono Fernandez.
- Next Generation steel guitarist Mālie Lyman.
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