The 2023 Maui Steel Guitar Festival will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at the Shops at Wailea, and on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the Queen Ka‘humanu Center in Kahului.
The 2023 festival program at the Shops at Wailea ho‘olaule‘a performances will begin at 11 AM and run to 4 PM. Sunday's ho‘olaule‘a program at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center includes a five hour presentation of Hawaiian steel guitar entertainment beginning at 11 AM and running to 4 PM.
The festival will be presented free to the public by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music, and The Shops at Wailea, and the Queen Ka‘humanu Center, with grants and support from corporate partners, and private donors. Support was provided in part by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and 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).
Both festivals will include hands-on opportunities for festival guests to learn more and try out a steel guitar under the guidance of a steel guitar expert. Additional festival elements such as a steel guitar exhibit, workshops, and kanikapila jam sessions may be added to the Saturday performance contingent on space availability at The Shops At Wailea.
Both festivals will be livestreamed.
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