The 4th Annual Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd, 2019, at the Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach. This festival was presented in the days preceding the annual Aloha Music Camp as an extension of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar experience that is offered at the camp. In addition to steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, the festival included workshops, kanikapila jam sessions where festival guests played along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur Hawaiian Steel Guitarists presented their own programs to festival guests.
A pre-festival KIKA PILA jam session was held at Keoki's Paradise in Poipu Beach Thursday evening, February 28, 2019, between 6PM and 9PM. Festival featured musicians and NextGen steel guitarists and members of the Ke Kula Mele ensemble were joined by guest performers for a fun evening. Click here for an area map.
The 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. Event funding was provided by Hawai'i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program and 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.