The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals are a series of community-based steel guitar festivals held at various community venues on Oahu throughout the year and featuring many favorite steel guitar masters singing and playing Hawaii's favorite Hawaiian music. The festivals are presented to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture and to emphasize the importance of the Hawaiian steel guitar in this music.
The 2018 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i was held on March 17, 2018, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., at the Ka Makana Ali'i Center in Kapolei. The festival program at the center's stage featured performances by Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players and five Hawaiian steel guitar masters.
The 2018 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, beginning at 1 P.M. and run through 6 P.M. at the Windward Mall. The festival program will be presented in the indoor center stage and will feature performances by Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players and up to seven Hawaiian steel guitar masters. The festival will follow the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music spring concert that begins at 11 A.M.
These festivals are presented free to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. Support for these festivals comes from the respective venues and from public and private donors. This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.