Festival participants from Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music include adult performers and NextGen steel guitarists and musicians. The Ke Kula Mele ensemble comprises steel guitarists and other musicians, most of whom play multiple instruments. Maui festival participants range in age from 11 to adult.
NextGen steel guitarists participating in the Maui festival are also proficient on the 'Ukulele and include Joey Misailidis and Pono Fernandez. NextGen musician Tai Misailidis plays U-bass and is also a steel guitarist. Adult musicians include Shirley and Larry Holu and Addison Ching.