Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Open Stage - Friday Sessions

Friday Open Stage performances were held indoors in the Makai Lounge and featured steel guitarists and musicians of the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music and some Aloha Music Camp musicians.

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  • Fridayʻs Open Stage sessions were held indoors at the hotelʻs Makai Lounge.
  • Some of the open stage guests.
  • Sharon Ching and Jack Aldrich watching the performances.
  • Mark Alan Mendesʻ performance through the lens of Ron Tolentinoʻs video camera.
  • Musician Larry Holu watched the performance.
  • La Banda, a collection of Aloha Music Camp and Ke Kula Mele musicians. From left: Scott Vilhauer, Rhonda Murotake, Dan Villani, Mary Neudorffer, Tom Lunnenberg, Angela Villani, and Susanne Ramos.
  • Dave ''DK'' Kolars from DeKalb, Illiniois.
  • Open stage emcee Addison Ching.
  • Larry Holu provided bass backup for Dave ''DK'' Kolars.
  • Alan Akaka provided guitar backup for Dave ''DK'' Kolars.
  • Dr. Jack Aldrich from Seattle, Washington.
  • Sound engineer Kent Tanigawa.
  • Deb Tyler from Long Beach, California.
  • Judy Van Sickle Maierhoffer from Plattville, Illinois.
  • Gale Warshawsky.
  • Vickie Van Fechtmann.
  • Grace and Bill Rolfes.
  • Dr. Kris Oka from San Francisco, California.
  • Paul Moody from Lihue.
  • Dave ''DK'' Kolars.
  • Kathleen and Dr. James Mattern from Portland, Oregon, with Paul Moody.
  • Mark Alan Mendes from San Diego, California.
  • Jeff Cook from St. Helena, California.
  • Tom Lunnenberg from San Diego, California.
  • IMG_6495Mark Alan Mendes, Jeff Cook, and Tom Lunnenberg.
  • Joe Stewart from Broomfield, Colorado with Rosanne Ramos.
  • Molly Wood from Philadelphia, PA.
  • Tom Lunnenberg from San Diego, California.
  • Rhonda Murotakeʻs mascot Yama.
  • Rhonda Murotake from Torrance, California.
  • Scott Vilhauer from Torrance, California.
  • Dan Villani from Long Beach, California.
  • Rosanne Ramos from San Diego, California.
  • Angela Villani from Long Beach, California.

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