The 2019 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i was presented on February 16, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. The program was held at the center's stage and featured performances by NextGen keiki steel guitar players Ho'ailona Mahuka (11), Pono Fernandez (13), and Malie Lyman (14), and Hawaiian steel guitarists Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, and Greg Sardinha. This was Kapono's first appearance at a HIMELE festival. Joey's younger sister Tai (11), also a steel guitarist, was featured on the U-bass as a NextGen musician. All NextGen steel guitarists also sang and played their 'ukulele.
The festival was presented free to the public by Ka Makana Ali'i and the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. This program was 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.