The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i will be presented on March 17, 2018, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. The program will be held at the center's stage and will featured performances by female Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players Joey Misailidis (12) and Malie Lyman (13), and Hawaiian steel guitar masters Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, and Greg Sardinha. 18-year old Alexis Tolentino, featured in last year's festival as a Next Generation steel guitarist, will make her Ka Makana Ali'i debut as a featured performer this year. Joey's younger sister Tai will be featured on the U-bass as a Next Generation musician.
This festival is 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. 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.