Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week

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The Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week, incorporating the Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival, was a week-long event celebrating Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian steel guitar. The annual event was held at the Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove stage during the week of July 11-16, 2022, immediately preceding the annual ‘Ukulele Festival Hawai‘i. The scheduling of the festival provided opportunities for fans of either instrument to expand their music experience by participating in both events.

Monday through Thursday evening concerts featured one-hour performances by different Hawaiian steel guitar artists and ensembles including NextGen steel guitarists, Paul Agar from Australia, Greg Sardinha and Po‘okela, and Alan Akaka and The Islanders.

The 2022 Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was presented on Friday, July 15, 2022, from 4 PM to 6:30 PM featuring four steel guitarists and groups from Japan. This was the first annual presentation of this festival.

The festival's Saturday ho‘olaule‘a performances featured various Hawaiian steel guitar artists and bands in two performance segments. The first segment was presented at 11:00 AM - 2:20 PM and the second segment began at 4:00 PM and ran through 6 PM.

The event was presented free to the public by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE™).

For those who were unable to attend the festival in person, the festival was livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Access to the livestreams was via the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook Page, the Waikīkī Stel Guitar Week Facebook Page or the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase YouTube Channel.

2022 Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival Poster
The 2022 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week Poster

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