The 2018 Maui Steel Guitar Festival will be held on April 13-14, 2018 at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, and on April 15, 2018, at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
The 2018 festival program will follow the format of previous years, with Open Stage performances on Friday afternoon, Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a programs and public kanikapila jam sessions, and Saturday workshops.
Maui County Mayor Alan M. Arakawa is expected to issue a proclamation designating April 9-15, 2018, as "Maui Steel Guitar Appreciation Week." Schedules permitting, the Mayor or his representative will present the proclamation at the festival.
The festival is 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 Hawai'i Tourism Authority's Community Enhancement Program (CEP), the Hawai'i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Hawaiian Airlines, WorldWide Music Ventures, and Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.