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 producer HIMELE.
Major funding is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Kūkulu Ola Program. Additional underwriting comes from The Shops at Wailea, The Festival Companies, and The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation.
Additional support comes from other corporate partners, including Cord International.