While the Maui Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public, it is completely dependent upon grants and contributions to defray the cost of producing the festival. Festival production and support staff volunteer their time and resources for this event. Festival production expenses including stipends for the professional festival entertainers and instructors, transportation costs for festival personnel, and miscellaneous production and administrative costs are completely supported through grants and donations.
Planning and support for the festival comes from the festival producers AECG and HIMELE.
Major support for the festival comes from a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This program is also supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Worldside Media Ventures. Air travel support is provided by Hawaiian Airlines.
Major support is also provided to the festival by our venue partner, the Queen Ka'ahamanu Center.
Additional support comes from other corporate partners, including Cord International.
The Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival needs and welcomes your donations to help us underwrite festival production costs. If you wish to make a cash donation, please fill out the contact form and you will receive information on how you can do this. You can also go to the HIMELE website and make your donation online using your credit card.
A silent auction is held each year, and auction proceeds are used to help underwrite festival production costs. Please see the Silent Auction page to see how you can help underwrite festival production costs.
Your contribution may be tax-deductible and will go a long way to support and perpetuate music education and the Hawaiian steel guitar. Your kokua is sincerely appreciated.
All contributions will be acknowledged by a Mahalo (thank you) letter from Arts Education for Children Group, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and may qualify for a tax deduction. Consult your financial advisor to verify your eligibility.
Mahalo for your support!