The Maui Steel Guitar Festival will feature school visitations, Friday and Saturday Open Stage sessions, Friday and Saturday ho‘olaule‘a featuring steel guitar masters from Hawai‘i and all over the world, Friday and Saturday Kanikapila, Saturday workshops, and Sunday Brunch entertainment. The festival will be extended to the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center beginning Sunday morning through late afternoon.
A STEEL GUITAR EXHIBIT featuring vintage lap steel guitars will be on display, some dating back to the 1930s.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS The festival's educational component provides learning opportunities for local area schools. These educational presentations will be made by teams of festival steel guitar masters and are geared towards reintroducing the Hawaiian steel guitar to the younger generation and to get them interested in the instrument and its importance in Hawaiian music. If your Maui school is interested in such a presentation and has not been contacted, please fill out the contact form to reserve your opportunity.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OPEN STAGE SESSIONS where Hawaiian steel guitarists or bands with a Hawaiian Steel Guitar will present 30-minute programs to festival attendees. Performances will be presented from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING HO‘OLAULE‘A programs will showcase each of the Festival's featured performers in individual programs. A separate group of steel guitar masters and artists will be featured each night.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING KANIKAPILA jam sessions will be held in the 'Ohana Room. Festival guests are invited to bring their instruments, amplifiers, and music stands as appropriate and play along Hawaiian-style with the steel guitar masters.
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS covering various steel guitar and Hawaiian cultural topics will be offered.
SUNDAY HO‘OLAULE‘A at Kahului's Queen Ka‘ahamanu Center will feature several steel guitar masters in individual programs.
"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.
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.
This 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‘olaule‘a steel guitarists playing together as a group.
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.
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.
The festival will be broadcast live in entirety by Internet radio steelradio.com.
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.
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 Maui 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.
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