Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Ho‘olaule‘a 2

The evening Festival Ho‘olaule'a featured master steel guitarists from Kaua‘i, O'ahu, and Maui, and a proclamation from Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., proclaiming Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, 2017, as Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Appreciation Days. Kaua‘i's Billy DeCosta was the program emcee.

Drag mouse over thumbnails and click to select picture or use controls for slideshow.

  • Steel Guitarist Ed Punua.
  • Ed Punua.
  • Edʻs backup musicians Alan Akaka on U-bass and Kaipo Asing on guitar.
  • Festival guests enjoying Ed Punuaʻs performance.
  • Kawaiʻiki Punua on steel guitar.
  • Lilikalani Punua on steel guitar.
  • Festival videographer Dorri Lizama from Hawaiian Creative Video.
  • Steel guitarist Geronimo ''Geri'' Valdriz from Maui.
  • Bassist Garret Santos.
  • Geri Valdriz.
  • Garret Santos.
  • Geri Valdriz.
  • Kauaʻi mayor Bernard P. Carvalho issuing the proclamation.
  • The mayor also offered a vocal rendition of ''Pua Lilia.''
  • Alan Akaka, Kauaʻi mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., and Addison Ching with festival proclamation.
  • Maliē Lyman with members of the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School ‘Ukulele Band.
  • Steel guitarist Greg Sardinha with Garret Santos on bass and Kaipo Asing on guitar.
  • Steel guitarist Bobby Ingano.
  • Steel guitarist Alan Akaka.
  • IMG_6778Alan Akaka demonstrates his playing technique.
  • Guest vocalist Pomaikaʻi Lyman.
  • Pomaikaʻi Lyman.
  • Geri Valdriz playing barefoot during the finale jam session.
  • The jam session participants: Kilipaki, Ed, Bobby, Geri, Alan, Eddie and Greg.
  • Kilipaki Vaughan at the finale jam session.
  • Eddie Palama at the finale jam session.

Back to Gallery: 2017 Festival

Photography by Don Touchi ©2017 by Don Touchi Photos and HIMELE.

Copyright ©2017 by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc., and Cyberventures Unlimited.Terms of Use