Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Evening Kanikapila

Public kanikapila jam sessions were held Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8:30 in the hotel's Makai Lounge and participation included festival guests, Aloha Music Camp participants, and other hotel guests.

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  • Kanikapila jam sessions were led by Alan Akaka on both nights.
  • A variety of instruments were represented.
  • Bobby Ingano played his jazz guitar.
  • Some guests played along while others preferred to just enjoy the music.
  • Dr. James Mattern from Oregon follows along on his iPad.
  • Standing room only in the Makai Lounge.
  • Hula by Dr. Elizabeth Post from California.
  • Hula by Kumiko Kakiuchi from Japan.
  • More hula by Stephanie Sundius and Julie Hendriks, both from California.
  • Alan Akaka with Pomaika'i Lyman.
  • Saturday surprise guests Polei Palmeira and Kumu Hula Beverly Muraoka. Also in photo: Mālie Lyman, Kumiko Kakiuchi, Beth Post, and Rebecca Allen.
  • Auntie Bev Muraoka and Polei Palmeira.
  • Hula by Pamela Sinclair.
  • All eyes on Mark Gaponoff playing the violin.
  • Alan Akaka asks someone to take a solo.
  • Tai, Mālie, and Alan Akaka.
  • Dave Kolars playing his hand-crafted acoustic steel guitar.
  • Kanikapila is in full swing.
  • Steel guitarists Joey Misailidis, Alexis Tolentino, Aaron Benolkin are playing the 'ululele and steel guitarist Shinichi Kakiuchi is playing his smartphone.
  • Kaipo Asing has joined the kanikapila.

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