Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Maui Steel Guitar Festival has been canceled. Guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the State of Hawai‘i, and the City and County of Honolulu discourages and/or prohibits large public gatherings and concerts until further notice. Also, the Maui festival venues have canceled all events until further notice. HIMELE wishes to protect festival staff, musicians, and guests during this emergency and will support these directives.
The 2020 Maui Steel Guitar Festival will be held on October 16-17, 2020 at the Shops at Wailea, and at the Queen Ka‘humanu Center in Kahului on Sunday, October 18.
The 2020 festival program at the Shops at Wailea will follow the format of previous years, with afternoon Open Stage performances, Friday and Saturday ho‘olaule‘a programs, public kanikapila jam sessions, and Saturday workshops. Sunday's ho‘olaule‘a program at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will include a five hour presentation of Hawaiian steel guitar entertainment
The festival will be presented free to the public by 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 Shops at Wailea, and the Queen Ka‘humanu Center, with grants and support from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority's Kūkulu Ola Program.