The 2nd Annual Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Kaua'i at Coconut Beach. This festival was presented in the days preceding the annual Aloha Music Camp as an extension of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar experience that is offered at the camp. In addition to steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, the festival included workshops, jam sessions where festival guests played along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel Guitarists presented their own programs to festival guests. Due to illness, Mele Apana was not able to emcee the festival, and Billy DaCosta was the program?s host.
A Festival Kickoff-Kanikapila was held at the Sheraton Kaua'i Resort on Thursday, February 2nd between 3:30 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. featuring Alan Akaka, Next Generation steel guitarists Alexis Tolentino and Malie Lyman, and festival musicians. This event, also free and open to the public included many festival guests who brought their instruments and played along.
The festival was presented free to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music, with grants and support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority's Community Enrichment Program (CEP) and Hawaiian Airlines.