Maui Steel Guitar Festival

Behind the Scenes 3

Photographs of musicians, staff, other personnel, places and things connected with the festival production.

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  • Ka Kula Mele Hawaii volunteer staff Jack Aldrich and Dave Kolars in the information tent. Photo by Alan Akaka.
  • Festival Producer and featured steel guitarist Alan Akaka. Photo by Alan Akaka.
  • Ke Kula Mele Hawaii represent. From left: Noriko Tomita (Japan), Alexis Tolentino, Alan Akaka, Gale Warshawsky, and Addison Ching. Photo by Alan Akaka.
  • Getting ready to perform are Noriko Tomita and Eriko Ukita from Japan and Mālie Lyman. Photo by Alan Akaka.
  • Early landing in Maui and getting ready for school visitations are Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Gary Aiko, Jeff Au Hoy, Eddie Palama, Alexis Tolentino and Keen Ching. Photo by Alan Akaka.
  • The festival store was managed by Sandra Sardinha and Bernice Mau. Photo by Alan Akaka.
  • Patti Maxine and Andrea Tolentino. Photo by Dr. Thomas Ching.
  • Sound Engineer David Nakamura at his sound console. Photo by Dr. Thomas Ching.
  • Lana Rosselli and Michael Scott of Steelradio.com. Photo by Dr. Thomas Ching.
  • Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Next Gen steel guitarists Alexis Tolentino, Keen Ching and Lilikalani Punua. Photo by Dr. Thomas Ching.
  • Emcee Kathy Collins. Photo by Dr. Thomas Ching.
  • Bobby Ingano and Alexis Tolentino. Photo by Dr. Thomas Ching.
  • Friday open stage guests at performance by Jim McKay from New Zealand. Photo by Jenny Greene, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
  • Guests at Friday's open stage session by Ron Carter of New Zealand. Photo by Jenny Greene, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
  • Drapery ties by the hotel's cultural specialist Malihini decorated the information tent. Photo by Jenny Greene, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
  • Another audience view of Ron Carter's performance. Photo by Jenny Greene, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
  • Featured steel guitarist Geri Valdriz engages Tom Fairbanks while Don Mitsuyuki and Verdine Valdriz look on. Photo by Jenny Greene, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
  • A fender doubleneck steel guitar. Photo by Jenny Greene, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
  • Sunday brunch with moms and daughters Pomaika'i Lyman and Mālie, Kaleipua and Maile Keawe Bryan. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Next Gen steel guitarists Mālie Lyman and Alexis Tolentino. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Mālie and Alexis with Ke Kula Mele Hawaii staff volunteer, bass student and videographer Ron Tolentino. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Mālie with mom Pomaika'i Lyman. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Alexis with dad Ron Tolentino. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Steel Guitarists Mālie and Alexis with Bobby Ingano. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Mālie shows off some of the ''pass the hat'' contributions to Alexis with Kathy Collins. The collection was conducted to help defray festival costs. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Mālie with Kumu Alan Akaka and Senator Daniel Akaka. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Sunday brunch with Pomaika'i and Mālie. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Eric Keawe and Pomaika'i Lyman with the hotel's Tom Fairbanks. Photo by Pomaika'i Lyman.

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Photography by Alan Akaka, Jenny Greene/Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Pomaika'i Lyman and Dr. Thomas Ching ©2015 by the respective photographers. All photos ©2015 by HIMELE.

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