Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

School Visitations - Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School

A school demonstration team visited the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School to provide a presentation about the Hawaiian Steel Guitar showing students why the instrument is important to Hawaiian music and culture, providing musical selections that include the steel guitar, and giving students hands-on experiences with the instruments.

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  • Statue of Chiefess Kamakahelei at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.
  • Lap Steel Guitar Anatomy illustration in the music classroom.
  • Alan Akaka talked about the steel guitar.
  • Alan Akaka shows a student how heavy the steel guitar's tone bar is.
  • Alan leading a performance by Bobby Ingano, Malie Lyman, and Joey and Tai Misailidis.
  • Mālie Lyman demonstrates the steel guitar.
  • As Mālie plays, Bobby Ingano adds in complementary harmonics with Alan, Joey and Tai providing backup.
  • Bobby Ingano and Mālie Lyman.
  • Joey Misailidis performs a musicial selection on the steel guitar for the group. Alan and Tai assist.
  • The group listens intently to the presentation.
  • Class instructor Elias Gonzales joins in.
  • Front: Bobby Ingano, Mālie Lyman, Alan Akaka, Jory and Tai Misailidis. Rear: Pomaika'i Lyman, Elias Gonzales.
  • The assembly.
  • Tai studies the music to Hanohano Hanalei.
  • Next Generation U-bass player Tai Misailidis.
  • Joey demonstrates one of the three steel guitars purchased by the school.
  • Mālie tries out another of the purchased steel guitars.
  • One of the class students studies the music to Hanohano Hanalei.
  • Hands-on time. One of the students tries his hand at the steel guitar under Joey's guidance.
  • Mālie watches as another student tries out the steel guitar.
  • Joey shows this student the interraction between the picking fingers and the tone bar.
  • Pomaika'i Lyman provides a musical selection.
  • Elias Gonzales with the presentation team.
  • Front: Mālie Lyman, Alan Akaka, Joey and Tai Misailidis. Rear: Bobby Ingano, instructor Elias Gonzales, and Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • The gratuitous 'goofy' picture of the team.

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