Three "Next Generation" Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment. Ranging in ages from 10 to 16 years old, these steel guitarists will play individually and together as a group. Next Gen steel guitarists Malie, Alexis and Keen will perform at various times throughout the festival.
Workshop topics will include Beginning Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Recording Tips, Playing Hawaiian Steel Guitar in the "Nahenahe" Style, Talk Story: Songs of Barney Isaacs, 'Ukulele, and more.
The Festival is pleased announce that Mele Fong will conduct the 'Ukulele workshops on Saturday. Mele is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple genres and strumming styles for the ukulele. Mele plays ukulele, guitar, and piano, dances hula, and teaches Hawaiian history. She performs as a soloist, in the professional husband and wife duo The Hawaiian Serenaders. See her website for more information about Mele and to pre-register for her 'ukulele workshops.
Friday and Saturday afternoon Open stage entertainment featuring guest artists and performers will run concurrent to some workshops and cultural exhibits. These 30-minute playing sessions will showcase steel guitarists from all over the world. Shown here, Jack Aldrich (Seattle, WA), Dave "DK" Kolars (DeKalb, IL), Chuck Hughes (Denver, CO), Shinichi Kakiuchi (Saitama, Japan), Noriko Tomita (Tokyo, Japan), and Jim McKay (Hawera, New Zealand).
This year's festival will feature two different Ho'olaule'a programs on Friday and Saturday. Maui actress, comedienne, storyteller and radio personality Kathy Collins will emcee both programs. Each Ho'olaule'a will showcase seven of the Festival's featured performers. The finale will feature all that evening's Ho'olaulea steel guitarists playing together as a group.
Guests of the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's famous Sunday Brunch will enjoy performances by Festival featured performers Greg Sardinha and Alan Akaka and The Islanders. Festival attendees are invited to enjoy the brunch at standard hotel rates.
An exhibit featuring vintage lap steel guitars circa mid-1930s will be presented at the festival. This exhibit will feature vintage Rickenbacher and Gibson lap steel guitars and also include a 1950s Magnatone lap steel guitar. Come and see some of the first lap steel guitars ever manufactured