The 1st annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week was celebrated during the week of July 10-15, 2017. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki offered weeklong steel guitar entertainment during the week of July 10-15, 2017, culminating with the festival's nightly ho'olaule'a pageants on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Performances were showcased on the center's Royal Grove stage.
Monday through Thursday entertainment included hour-long performances between 6-7 P.M. and were hosted by Harry B. Soria. The Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants began at 5:30 P.M. and showcased five different steel guitar masters each evening. Hosts for these programs were Harry B. Soria and Kimo Kahoano.
Waikiki Steel Guitar Week now includes the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival which started out as a single-day event in 2010 at Waikiki Beach Walk. In 2016 the event relocated to Helumoa at the Royal Grove Stage under a new partnership with the Royal Hawaiian Center. This year's expansion of the event to an entire week represents the Royal Hawaiian Center's commitment to Hawaiian music, culture, and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Waikiki Steel Guitar Week is presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. All Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public.