Friday and Saturday festival activities will be held at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa‘a. Sunday festival activities will be held at the Kukui Grove Center in Lihue.
The festival's educational component provides learning opportunities for local area schools. These educational presentations will be made by teams of festival steel guitar masters and are geared towards reintroducing the Hawaiian steel guitar to the younger generation and to get them interested in the instrument and its importance in Hawaiian music. School visits included in this year's festival include Kapa‘a Middle School, Island School and Kalāheo Elementary School.
A Friday evening steel guitar workshop will be presented in the Makai Room by festival steel guitarists Alan Akaka and Bobby Ingano. The workshop will be in a "talk story" format with discussions guided by topics suggested by workshop attendees.
A public kanikapila jam session will be held in the Makai Room. Everyone is invited to bring their instruments, amplifiers, and music stands as appropriate and play along Hawaiian-style with the steel guitar masters. The kanikapila will begin at approximately 8:30 P.M. and run until 10:00 P.M.
Saturday Open stage entertainment will be held in the Makai Room and feature guest artists and performers. These 30-minute playing sessions will showcase steel guitarists from all over the world.
Eight featured steel guitarists will be presented in two performance segments with an intermission between segments. NextGen steel guitarists will also perform
The Ho‘olaule‘a will be presented in the hotel's Makai Room and both segments will be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. The livestream may also be offered on the Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival's Facebook page.
This year's featured steel guitarists include Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, Mālie Lyman, Sebastian Müller, Greg Sardinha, and Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz.
NextGen Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music will perform also perform in the main concert program. The NextGen steel guitarists include Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Isabella Bertelmann, and Joey Misailidis.
A public kanikapila jam session will be held in the Makai Room. Festival guests are invited to bring their instruments, amplifiers, and music stands as appropriate and play along Hawaiian-style with the steel guitar masters. The kanikapila will begin at approximately 8:30 P.M. and run until 10:00 P.M.
An exhibit featuring vintage and contemporary lap steel guitars will be presented in the Makai Room. Come and see this wide assortment of steel guitars. Geri Valdriz will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
A Hands-On Experience will be offered for anyone wanting to become more familiar with the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Festival guests can gain an introduction to the instrument and try their hand at playing the instrument under the direction of Daniel Tremblay.
Sunday's Kukui Grove Center ho‘olaule‘a will include seven featured steel guitarists and NextGen steel guitarists in an abbreviated program. This program will not be livestreamed.
The Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival-Sheraton poster was designed by Addison Ching and features pictures of the master performers superimposed on a picture of an Excel 8-string Jerry Byrd Frypan steel guitar. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.
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