Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Behind the Scenes 1

Photos capturing some of the activity that goes on behind the scenes of the festival.

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  • Sunrise is about to happen at the Courtyard. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Sunrise at the Courtyard by Marriott. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Sunrise. PC-Addison Ching.
  • The festival venue. The outdoor stage hasn't yet been moved into place. The banner will go between the two coconut trees. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Courtyard by Marriott personnal install the festival banner as sound engineer Kent Tanigawa prepares the sound system. PC-Addison Ching.
  • The festival banner instsalled. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Sound engineer Kent Tanigawa and his assistant setting up.
  • Getting the sound system ready for the open stage.
  • More sound system preparation. PC-Addison Ching.
  • The sound system speakers.
  • An assortment of microphone cables.
  • Dan Villani confers with sound engineer Kent Tanigawa. PC-Addison Ching.
  • The outdoor festival stage in the hotel's courtyard.
  • Some of the many coconut trees gracing the hotel grounds.
  • Gale Warshawsky chats with Courtyard by Marriott's Sales Manager Barbara Gusman. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Another view of the outdoor stage in the hotel courtyard.
  • The view from behind the stage looking into the courtyard.
  • Gale Warshawsky is ready for the open stage performances.
  • Addison Ching confers with hotel staff.
  • Angela Villani, Ken Woo, Rhonda Miurotake, Scott Vilhauer and Dan Villani getting ready for their performance.
  • Dan Villani, Rhonda Murotake and Scott Vilhauer warming up.
  • Rhonda Murotake.
  • Festival Coordinator Addison Ching snaps a photo of Michael Keale and Alan Akaka.
  • Getting ready for the open stage performances.
  • The front of the 2016 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival t-shirt.
  • The back of the 2016 Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival t-shirt.
  • Moses Kamai assembling his Mark Roeder stand for his Asher Alan Akaka model steel guitar.
  • Cross-threading is a real possiblity if the legs are not aligned properly.
  • Some open stage spectators carefully selected their seats in the morning shade. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Others toughed it out in the sunshine.
  • Another picture of the audience.
  • Pomaika'i Lyman, Mrs. Honolulu International 2016, with Michael Keale, Moses Kamai, Alan Akaka, and Rhonda Murotake.
  • The information table had artists' CDs on sale. An event poster autographed by all the featured players was given to those making a minimum donation to HIMELE, the event producer.
  • Bobby Ingano, Jeff Au Hoy, and Alan Akaka trading steel guitar stories and more. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Greg Sardinha and Alan Akaka. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Andrea Tolentino and Alexis went snack shopping! PC-Addison Ching.
  • Greg Sardinha, Herb Ohta, Jr., and Alan Akaka. PC-Addison Ching.

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Photography by Mark Alan Mendes unless otherwise noted. ©2016 by HIMELE.

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