Because of the ongoing uncertainty with COVID-19, HIMELE is officially postponing the 2021 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival until the pandemic situation has improved.
This difficult decision was made to eliminate the risk of infection and protect the health, safety, and well-being of our festival musicians, staff, and over 200 guests from Hawai‘i, the mainland U.S., and abroad.
HIMELE will continue to monitor the pandemic situation with hopes of rescheduling the festival soon! In the meantime HIMELE will continue to offer monthly live streamcasts featuring your favorite steel guitar players and NextGen steel guitarists. We're also entertaining the possibility of a live streamcast from Kaua‘i that will feature Kaua‘i steel guitarists and steel guitar students.
Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!
The 5th Annual Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, 2020, at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort. 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 Hawai‘i 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 "Kīkā Pila" kanikapila jam session to kick off the festival was held on Thursday evening, February 27, 2020 at Duke's Kaua‘i. Festival musicians and NextGen steel guitarists and members of the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i ensemble were joined by guest performers for a fun evening.
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 with partial funding by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Kūkulu Ola Program