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Program for the 9th Annual Festival - April 28-30, 2017

Performance times listed are in Hawaiian Standard Time (GMT - 10 hours). The festival will be broadcast live on Steelradio.com.

Click here to see the Festival's Event Schedule

Featured Steel Guitarists

Next Generation Steel Guitar Players

"Next Generation" Steel Guitarists Joey Misailidis and Alexis Tolentino will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment. Joey and Alexis are students of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music, Joey is 11 years old and Alexis is 18 years old. Both Joey and Alexis will perform on the Open Stage and may also appear during Sunday's brunch entertainment.


Workshop topics will include Beginning Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar Tips, Steel Guitar Styles, and Hula.

Open Stage Entertainment

Open Stage Performers
Friday and Saturday afternoon Open stage entertainment featuring guest artists and performers will run concurrent to some Saturday workshops. These 30-minute playing sessions will showcase steel guitarists from all over the world. Shown here are a few of the 2016 Open Stage performers: Jack Aldrich (Seattle, WA), Dave "DK" Kolars (DeKalb, IL), Chuck Hughes (Denver, CO), Shinichi Kakiuchi (Saitama, Japan), Ron Carter (Auckland, New Zealand, Jim McKay (Hawera, New Zealand), and Ralph Czitrom (Ringwood, NJ). Some will return to the 2017 open stage.

Steel Guitar Ho'olaule'a - Friday and Saturday Evenings

Kathy CollinsThis year's festival will feature two different Ho'olaule'a programs on Friday and Saturday, each hosted by a team of emcees. Maui actress, comedienne, storyteller and radio personality Kathy Collins will team with celebrity, entertainer, radio personality, and the voice of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Kimo Kahoano to present each evening's featured musicians. Each ho'olaule'a will showcase a different lineup of the Festival's featured performers. The Saturday finale will feature all that evening's Ho'olaulea steel guitarists playing together as a group.

Sunday Brunch Entertainment

Guests of the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's famous Sunday Brunch will enjoy peformances by Festival featured performers Yokohama Bay Breeze, Makana, and a jam session featuring some of the festival's steel guitar masters and Next Generation steel guitar players. Festival attendees are invited to enjoy the brunch at standard hotel rates.

Vintage Lap Steel Guitar Exhibit

Geri Valdriz at the Exhibit
An exhibit featuring vintage lap steel guitars circa mid-1930s will be presented at the festival. This exhibit will feature vintage Richenbacher and Gibson lap steel guitars and also include a 1950s Magnatone lap steel guitar. Steel guitarist Geri Valdriz is the exhibit's curator and is responsible for many of the instruments on display. Come and see some of the first lap steel guitars ever manufactured.

steelradio.com Live Broadcast

The festival will be broadcast live in entirety by Internet radio steelradio.com.

Queen Ka'ahamanu Center Program

This year's festival will be held at two venues. Upon conclusion of the main festival at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, select master steel guitarists from Hawaii and Japan will continue performances at the Queen Ka'ahamanu Center in Kahului from 12 Noon to 5 P.M. Sunday. The vintage lap steel guitar exhibit will also be on display at the center.

The Proclamation

Maui County mayor Alan M. Arakawa will issue a proclamation declaring the week of April 24-30, 2017, as Maui Steel Guitar Appreciation Week. See the text of the proclamation here.

The Festival Posters

2017 Maui Steel Guitar Festival Poster
The Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival poster was designed by Addison Ching features pictures of the master performers superimposed on a picture of a Asher Alan Akaka Limited Edition 8-string Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar. The poster features the new logo of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.

2017 Maui Steel Guitar Festival Queen Ka'ahamanu Center Poster
The Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Queen Ka'ahamanu Center poster os is similar in design to the main festival poster with the Center's featured performers and program. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.