The 2017 Maui Steel Guitar Festival was held on April 28-30, 2017 at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. The event previously scheduled for the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center during the afternoon of April 30, 2017 was canceled late Saturday Night by the center due to severe inclement weather.
Severe weather forced the outdoor festival to be moved indoors to the hotel's 'Ohana Room. The festival appreciates the efforts of the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's Madelene Rabago and Weslee Chinen, Sound Engineer David Nakamura, and SteelRadio.com's Debbie Connors and her engineers for their resilience and ability to respond to the weather challenges, and to the performers and musicians for adjusting their performaces to accommodate the schedule changes brought on by the event relocation.
Maui County Mayor Alan M. Arakawa issued a proclamation designating April 24-30, 2017, as "Maui Steel Guitar Appreciation Week." The proclamation was to have been presented at the Sunday program at the Queen Ka'ahamanu Center.
The festival was presented free to the public by Maui's Arts Education for Children Group, the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music, and the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, with grants and support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority's Community Enhancement Program (CEP) and Island Air.