Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, the 2020 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i has been canceled. As of March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. HIMELE will implement this recommendation for the safety and protection of its musicians, staff and festival guests.
The 2020 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i will be presented on March 21, 2020, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. The program will be held at the center's stage and will feature performances by six NextGen keiki steel guitar players and musicians and Hawaiian steel guitarists Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, and Greg Sardinha. NextGen steel guitarists and musicians from Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music include Enosa Lyman, Ikaika Orlando, ō‘ailona Mahuka, Pono Fernandez, Mālie Lyman, and Ethan Goore.
The festival will be 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.