Program for the 9th Annual Festival - April 28-30, 2017
The program for the 2017 Maui Steel Guitar Festival is undergoing refinement. Please check back for festival updates, changes in featured player lineup, workshops, and other festival information.
Performance times are in Hawaiian Standard Time (GMT - 10 hours). The festival will be broadcast live on Steelradio.com.
Featured Steel Guitarists
Other Festival Performers
Next Generation Steel Guitar Players
Malie Lyman and Alexis Tolentino, "Next Generation" Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music, will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment. The school's Next Generation students range from 11 to 18. Malie and Alexis will play individually during the Open Stage Entertainment and may also appear during Sunday's brunch entertainment.
Workshop topics will include Beginning Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar Tips, Steel Guitar Styles, Hawaiian Style Singing, and Hula.
Open Stage Entertainment
Friday and Saturday afternoon Open stage entertainment featuring guest artists and performers will run concurrent to some Saturday workshops. These 30-minute playing sessions will showcase steel guitarists from all over the world. Shown here are a few of the 2016 Open Stage performers: Jack Aldrich (Seattle, WA), Dave "DK" Kolars (DeKalb, IL), Chuck Hughes (Denver, CO), Shinichi Kakiuchi (Saitama, Japan), Ron Carter (Auckland, New Zealand, Jim McKay (Hawera, New Zealand), and Ralph Czitrom (Ringwood, NJ). Some will return to the 2017 open stage.
Steel Guitar Ho'olaule'a - Friday and Saturday Evenings
This year's festival will feature two different Ho'olaule'a programs on Friday and Saturday, each hosted by a team of emcees. Maui actress, comedienne, storyteller and radio personality Kathy Collins will team with celebrity, entertainer, radio personality, and the voice of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Kimo Kahoano to present each evening's featured musicians. Each ho'olaule'a will showcase a different lineup of the Festival's featured performers. The Saturday finale will feature all that evening's Ho'olaulea steel guitarists playing together as a group.
Sunday Brunch Entertainment
Guests of the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's famous Sunday Brunch will enjoy peformances by Festival featured performers A;an Alala, Bobby Ingano and Greg Sardinha. Festival attendees are invited to enjoy the brunch at standard hotel rates.
Vintage Lap Steel Guitar Exhibit
An exhibit featuring vintage lap steel guitars circa mid-1930s will be presented at the festival. This exhibit will feature vintage Richenbacher and Gibson lap steel guitars and also include a 1950s Magnatone lap steel guitar. Steel guitarist Geri Valdriz is the exhibit's curator and is responsible for many of the instruments on display. Come and see some of the first lap steel guitars ever manufactured.
The Aloha Friday Morning Show Live Broadcast
Kimo and Leilani Kahoano will again broadcast their Aloha Friday Morning Show live from the festival. This show is heard on Hawaii radio am940 and is also archived as a podcast. Kimo will probably interview various festival performers and staff. The show will be broadcast from the patio area between 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Friday morning.
steelradio.com Live Broadcast
The festival will be broadcast live in entirety by Internet radio steelradio.com.
Queen Ka'ahamanu Center Program
This year's festival will be held at two venues. Upon conclusion of the main festival at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, select master steel guitarists from Hawaii and Japan will continue performances at the Queen Ka'ahamanu Center in Kahului from 12 Noon to 5 P.M. Sunday. The vintage lap steel guitar exhibit will also be on display at the center.
The Festival Poster
The Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival poster was designed by Addison Ching features pictures of the master performers superimposed on a picture of a Asher Alan Akaka Limited Edition 8-string Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar. The poster features the new logo of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.
The Festival Archives contains program information from previous festivals.