While the Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public, it is completely dependent upon grants and contributions to defray the cost of producing the festival. Festival production and support staff volunteer their time and resources for this event. Festival production expenses including stipends for the professional festival entertainers and instructors, transportation costs for festival personnel, and miscellaneous production and administrative costs are completely supported through grants and donations.
The Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort provides the festival venue and accommodations for some festival musicians and staff.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) provides comprehensive management of tourism for the State of Hawaii. The HTA is Hawai‘i's official source for information on tourism market research, partnership opportunities, industry news and timely updates during emergency situations.
Funding through the HTA's Community Enrichment Program provided for festivals held in 2015 through 2019.
Funding through the HTA's Kūkulu Ola Program provided for the 2020 festival.
Funding through the HTA's Kūkulu Ola Program provided for the 2022 festival.
Funding for this festival is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) promotes, perpetuates, and preserves culture and the arts in Hawai‘i.
Funding provided for festivals in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022.
This festival is supported in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation was created in 2013 from the Estate of Laurence H. Dorcy offering grants to Hawaiian organizations whose charitable purposes are consistent with Mr. Dorcy's interests.
Hawaiian Airlines is the largest operator of commercial flights to and from the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. It is the tenth-largest commercial airline in the United States, offering non-stop service to Hawai‘i from destinations in North America, Asia and the South Pacific, as well as service to every major Hawaiian Island.
The Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival needs and welcomes your donations to help us underwrite festival production costs. If you wish to make a cash donation, please fill out the HIMELE Support Form. Your contribution may be tax-deductible and will go a long way to support and perpetuate music education and the Hawaiian steel guitar. Your kokua is sincerely appreciated. Mahalo!
All contributions will be acknowledged by a Mahalo (thank you) letter from Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and may qualify for a tax deduction. Consult your financial advisor to verify your eligibility.
Mahalo for your support!