Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Behind the Scenes 2

Photos capturing some of the behind the scenes activity at the 2019 festival.

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  • Arriving in Lihue, the NextGen gather their instruments and luggage, assisted by their parents.
  • Don Touchi, Shirley Holu, and Sharon Ching. Don, where's your camera?
  • Mālie Lyman, Pono Fernandez, Pomaikaʻi Lyman, Tai Misailidis, and Bobby Ingano.
  • Kumu Alan Akaka organizing the caravans.
  • The vans are here so it's time to load up!
  • Jake Fernandez assists with the passenger assignment and loading.
  • Van number 1 will transport the Lymans, Pono Fernandez, and Bobby Ingano.
  • Van number 2 will transport Tai and Joey along with Kumu Alan Akaka.
  • Vans are necessary because of the amount of luggage and music equipment. Bobby tries to find room for his steel guitar.
  • Sharon Ching and Shirley Holu.
  • Gale Warshawsly with her tricked-out walker.
  • License to kanikapila.
  • SooJean Misailidis and Pomaikaʻi Lyman at the hotel.
  • A little spare time allowed Aaron Benolkin from Anchorage, Alaska, to rehearse his open stage numbers with his backup musicians Larry Holu and Addison Ching.
  • Hotel engineers mount the festival banner in the Paddle Room.
  • The Mayoral Proclamation presented by Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek Kawakami to the festival.

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Photography by Addison Ching. All photos ©2019 by HIMELE.

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