The 2018 Festival program is in the development stages. Program information will be posted here when it becomes available. Friday and Saturday activities will be presented at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, while Sunday's activities will occur at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului. Generally, the festival will include these components:
A STEEL GUITAR EXHIBIT featuring vintage lap steel guitars will be on display, some dating back to the 1930s.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS 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. If your Maui school is interested in such a presentation and has not been contacted, please fill out the contact form to reserve your opportunity.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OPEN STAGE SESSIONS where Hawaiian steel guitarists or bands with a Hawaiian Steel Guitar will present 30-minute programs to festival attendees. Performances will be presented from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING HO'OLAULE'A programs will showcase each of the Festival's featured performers in individual programs. A separate group of steel guitar masters and artists will be featured each night.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING KANIKAPILA jam sessions will be held in the 'Ohana 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.
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS covering various steel guitar and Hawaiian cultural topics will be offered.
SUNDAY HO'OLAULE'A at Kahului's Queen Ka'ahamanu Center will feature several steel guitar masters in individual programs.
The Festival Archives contains program information from previous festivals.