Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival


The 7th Annual Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2023, at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa‘a and on May 7, 2023 at the Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

This was the first year that festivals were presented at two venues. This format is similar to the format of the Maui Steel Guitar Festival, where festivals are presented at multiple venues to expand the outreach of the Hawaiian steel guitar.

The Sheraton festival included steel guitar performances by Hawaiian steel guitar masters, school visitations, workshops, kanikapila jam sessions for play-along or listening enjoyment, and Open Stage sessions where amateur Hawaiian Steel Guitarists presented their own programs to festival guests. A vintage steel guitar exhibit and hands-on opportunities where festival guests learned more about and experience the Hawaiian steel guitar were also a part of the festival.

A ho‘olaule‘a concert was presented at the Kukui Grove Center and featured performances by Hawaiian steel guitar masters. The Kukui Grove Center event also included hands-on opportunities for festival guests.

The Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival was presented free to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music. See the Support Us page for information about additional supporters and sponsors.