The 2018 Maui Steel Guitar Festival was 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 followed the format of previous years, with Open Stage performances on Friday and Saturday late morning through early afternoon, Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a programs and public kanikapila jam sessions, and Saturday workshops.
A representative from Maui County Mayor Alan M. Arakawa's office presented a proclamation at the Sunday Queen Ka'ahamanu Center festival designating April 9-15, 2018, as "Maui Steel Guitar Appreciation Week.".
Darren Lee, Maui's Elvis impersonator (Burn'n Love Blue Hawaii Luau) made a special guest appearance immediately following Saturday's Open Stage sessions. Due to the threat of rain, the Saturday ho'olaule'a was moved indoors to the hotel's Kanahele Room.
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 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.
The dates and location for the 2019 Maui Steel Guitar Festival will be announced when they are available.