Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week incorporates nightly performances Monday through Thursday with the Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival's Friday and Saturday evening ho‘olaule‘a. The event is presented each year by the Royal Hawaiian Center and produced by HIMELE™ (Hawai‘i Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences). This week-long celebration of the Hawaiian steel guitar brings together legendary steel guitarists and keiki NextGen steel guitarists in nightly presentations at the Royal Grove Stage and culminates in a two-day festival ho‘olaule‘a pageant. This annual event is presented to heighten awareness of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music and culture.
Alan Akaka, renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, music teacher and Chairman of the Board of HIMELE, says, "It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama‘aina will join us."
Now located at the Royal Grove entertainment venue in the heart of the Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week honors what was once the playground of Hawaiian royalty by offering a program of Hawaiian music and dance that is easily accessed by Waikīkī pedestrian traffic and center visitors.
All Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public. These include nightly hour-long programs from Monday through Thursday, and 3½-4 hour programs on Friday and Saturday evenings featuring multiple steel guitar masters. Vintage steel guitars are exhibited in Helumoa Hale, with steel guitar experts on hand to answer questions. Parking is available at the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage. Standard parking rates apply. Validated parking is available with $10 purchase from any center merchant.
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week is made possible through a partnership with the Royal Hawaiian Center and supplemented by volunteer resources. This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support this and other HIMELE steel guitar festivals.
The 2019 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week once again featured nightly one-hour performances on Monday through Thursday beginning at 6 P.M. Each night featured performances by a different steel guitar master or steel guitar ensemble including the NextGen steel guitarists and musicians from Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music.
The 3rd Annual Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week culminated in the 10th Annual Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival on Friday and Saturday evenings. The 2019 lineup featured popular Hawai‘i and Japan Steel Guitar masters. The week's featured steel guitar masters and artists included Alan Akaka and The Islanders, Greg Sardinha and Po‘okela, Paul Kim and the Waimanalo Sunset Band, Kapono Lopes, Scott Furushima, and other popular steel guitarists in individual programs of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance.
Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i NextGen steel guitarists Pono Fernandez, Joey Misailidis, Tai Misailidis, Enosa Lyman, Mālie Lyman, Hō‘ailona Mahuka, Ethan Goore, and NextGen musician Ikaika Orlando were also be featured, accompanied by Alan Akaka on guitar.
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week was free and open to the public. Parking was available at the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage. Standard parking rates applied with validated parking available with $10 purchase from any center merchant.