The 2019 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i will be presented on February 16, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. The program will be held at the center's stage and will feature performances by Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players Ho'ailona Mahuka (11), Pono Fernandez (13), Joey Misailidis (13), and Malie Lyman (14), and Hawaiian steel guitarists Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, and Greg Sardinha. This will be Kapono's first appearance at a HIMELE festival. Joey's younger sister Tai (11) will be featured on the U-bass as a Next Generation musician. All Next Generation steel guitarists also sing and play the 'ukulele.
This 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. 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.