Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

School Visitations

Teams of festival musicians including steel guitar masters, Next Generation steel guitar players, and backup musicians, visited two Kaua‘i schools to give presentations about the Hawaiian steel guitar to school students and encourage interest in the instrument.

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  • School visitation at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihuʻe, Kauaʻi.
  • The Chiefess Kamakahelei.
  • Students gathered to hear the steel guitar presentation.
  • The steel guitar aseembly.
  • HIMELE volunteers Heuʻi Bandmann and Andrea Tolentino.
  • HIMELE volunteer Ronald Tolentino provided bass backup for the musicians.
  • Next Generation steel guitarist Alexis Tolentino.
  • Next Generation steel guitarist Mālie Lyman.
  • Steel guitarist and Kumu Alan Akaka.
  • Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School ʻUkulele Band Director Elias Gonzales.
  • Alan Akaka.
  • Next Generation steel guitarist Alexis Tolentino performs a selection with Alan Akaka, Mālie Lyman and Ronald Tolentino providing backup.
  • Multitalented Alexis also presented a hula.
  • Next Generation steel guitarist Mālie Lyman shows a student the steel guitar basics.
  • Alexis looks on as a student tries out the steel guitar as Instructor Elias Gonzales looks on.
  • Alexis and Mālie with the two new steel guitar players.
  • Alexis works with another interested student.
  • Mālie shows this student the use of finger picks.
  • Heuʻi Bandmann.
  • School visitation at Kauaʻi High School.
  • A musical presentation by Mālie and Alexis with backup provided by Alan Akaka and Ronald Tolentino.
  • Mālie shows this Kauaʻi High School student the steel guitar basics.
  • Alexis shows this student proper hand positioning.
  • Alexis shows this student how the steel bar affects the string pitch.

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