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.
The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation was created in 2013 from the Estate of Laurence H. Dorcy offering grants to Hawaiian organizations whose charitable purposes are consistent with Mr. Dorcy's interests.
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) provides comprehensive management of tourism for the State of Hawai‘i. The HTA is Hawai‘i's official source for information on tourism market research, partnership opportunities, industry news and timely updates during emergency situations.
Funding through the HTA's Community Enrichment Program provided for 2013 through 2019 festivals through festival partner AECG.
Funding through the HTA's Kūkulu Ola Program provided for the 2022 festival.
Funding for this festival is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) promotes, perpetuates, and preserves culture and the arts in Hawai‘i. SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai‘i and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding provided for festivals in 2017, 2018, and 2022.
This festival is supported in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is Maui's largest, award-winning lifestyle shopping center with more than 100 national and island-style stores, restaurants and entertainment attractions and one of the festival venues.
Hawaiian Airlines is the largest operator of commercial flights to and from the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. It is the tenth-largest commercial airline in the United States, offering non-stop service to Hawai‘i from destinations in North America, Asia and the South Pacific, as well as service to every major Hawaiian Island.
Cord International specializes in researching, archiving, preserving, restoring, and releasing lost or previously out of print classic recordings to make REAL Hawaiian music from legendary artists and their stories available so that people from all walks of life, all around the globe can enjoy & appreciate the spirit & sound of aloha.
The Maui 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 HIMELE Support Form. 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. Mahalo!
All contributions will be acknowledged by a Mahalo (thank you) letter from Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE), 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!
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