The Aloha Music Camp will be relocating back to Kona in 2023. While AMC has been a combined experience with the Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival, AMC's relocation will not affect the Kaua‘i festival and HIMELE plans to continue this annual tradition.
The HIMELE Board of Directors will discuss the 2023 festival date, format, and venue at a future board meeting. Please check back for more information about the 2023 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival.
The 6th Annual Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival was held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 31 - April 2, 2022, at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort. 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 Hawai‘ian steel guitar masters, the festival included workshops, kanikapila jam sessions for play-along or listening enjoyment, and Open Stage sessions where amateur Hawaiian Steel Guitarists presented their own programs to festival guests.
A festival Kickoff Kanikapila jam session was held on Thursday evening, March 31, 2022 in the hotel's Crooked Surf Bar. Festival musicians, NextGen steel guitarists and members of the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i ensemble were joined by guest performers for a fun evening. Participants brought along their instruments, amplifiers, and music stands as appropriate and played along Hawaiian-style with the festival's all-star band.
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. See the Support Us page for information about additional supporters and sponsors.
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