The Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival is presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music. The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. This free, 3-day festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops, jam sessions and public and private school visitations that are focused on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre.
The Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection is one of a series of annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar festivals and other events produced by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and its partners.
All festivals are presented to increase awareness and foster interest in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, an instrument important to Hawaiian music and culture. All these festivals are free and open to the public and made possible through grant awards and donations from Hawai‘i State agencies, corporate sponsors and private individuals, supplemented by in-kind contributions and volunteer resources. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support our festivals.
The 2023 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Experience will be held at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, on December 14-17, 2023. This festival will feature school visits, Open Stage performances, Thursday performances at the Surf Shack and HāLani Restaurant, the 5th Annual Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival concert, the resort's Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a cultural program on Saturday, and Sunday brunch entertainment at the HāLani Restaurant lawn.
Please see the Contact Form if you wish to sign up for an Open Stage Performance slot and/or a School Visitation for your classroom.
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