Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

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Saturday's main program was presented in the hotel's Paddle Room with ten featured steel guitarists. Students from the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School ‘Ukulele Band under the direction of Elias Gonzales joined Joey Misailidis' performance, and students from the Kapa‘a Middle School ‘Ukulele Band under the direction of Mary Lardizabal joined Mālie Lyman's performance.

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  • Emcee Alan Akaka presided over the first half of the program.
  • Alan and Sandy Sardinha model the festival T-shirt.
  • Backup musician Kaipo Asing on guitar.
  • Steel guitarist Kilipaki Vaighan.
  • Backup musician Adam Asing on upright bass.
  • Jen Waipa added her vocals to Kilipaki's performance.
  • Kipilaki Vaughan, Jen Waipa, Kaipo Asing, and Adam Asing.
  • A view of the audience during Paki's performance.
  • Paki's wife Mehana danced a hula.
  • Mehana Vaughan with Jen Waipa and Kaipo Asing.
  • The festival store located in the concert room was managed by Sandy Sardinha.
  • Ronald Tolentino was the bass player for Alexis Tolentino.
  • Bobby Ingano provided an assist for Alexis.
  • Addison Ching was one of the backup guitarists for Alexis.
  • Featured steel guitarist Alexis Tolentino.
  • Alan Akaka also played backup guitar for Alexis.
  • Alexis Tolentino with Bobby Ingano, Kaipo Asing, Alan Akaka, Ronald Tolentino, Addison Ching, and Adam Asing.
  • Alexis Tolentino's handiwork on the steel guitar.
  • Joey Misailidis performed with the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School 'Ukulele Band.
  • Tai Misailidis provided the U-bass backup for her sister.
  • Members of the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School 'Ukulele Band.
  • Elias Gonzales, director of the CKMS 'Ukulele Band. Joey and Tai are in the background.
  • CKMS 'Ukulele Band members with Joey and Tai Misailidis.

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