The Maui Steel Guitar Festival has been developed to promote appreciation and interest in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar as a uniquely Hawaiian music genre. This free, 3-day festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops, jam sessions and public and private school visitations that are focused on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar is the only instrument thought to be indigenous to Hawaii.
The festival promotes participation by local residents, particularly young people, through community outreach programs utilizing teams of performers and music educators that will visit several Maui schools. These teams will discuss with students the history of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, demonstrate playing techniques and the importance of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar in the Hawaiian music genre and perform Hawaiian music to encourage interest and participation at the festival's hotel workshops.
The Maui Steel Guitar Festival is presented each year by non-profit Arts Education for Children Group and produced by HIMELE - The Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences. The festival is presented for public awareness, education and entertainment. Funding for the festival, free and open to the public, comes from grants, donations and other underwriting and in-kind contributions. 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. Please see the "Support Us" section of this website for others who help make this festival possible.
The 2019 Maui Steel Guitar Festival will be held on April 12-13, 2019 at the Outlets of Maui, and on April 14, 2019, at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
Click here to read about the history of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar.