Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Kapa‘a Middle School

Kapa‘a Middle School was one of two schools visited by school presentation teams to provide information about the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. The presentation included a history of the Hawaiian steel guitar, and why the instrument is important to Hawaiian music and culture. Musical selections that included the steel guitar were also performed to show the students how the instrument integrates with Hawaiian music. Students were also provided opportunities for hands-on experiences with the instruments.

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  • Kapa'a Middle School was one of two schools visited by festival presentation teams.
  • Class instructor Mary Lardizabel with Alan Akaka.
  • Presentation teams comprised both featured players and NextGen musicians. Bobby Ingano plays a selection accompanied by Tai Misailidis on U-bass.
  • NextGen steel guitarists Pono Fernandez, Joey Misailidis and Mālie Lyman.
  • Mālie Lyman sings with Joey Misailidis and Kumu Alan Akaka accompanying.
  • The class, members of the Kapaʻa Middle School Chorus and ʻUkulele Band, was invited to play along kanikapila style.
  • Mālie takes her turn at a paʻani solo, while Bobby, Pono, Tai, Joey, and Kumu Alan Akaka look on.
  • Mālie shows a class student how to hold and position the steel guitar bar while Joey looks on.
  • Class instructor Mary Lardizibal.
  • Mālie showing another student how to hold the bar.
  • Joey watches as the student tries to play the steel guitar with Mālie assisting.
  • Alan comments to instructor Mary Lardizibal while the presentation team looks on.
  • The presentation team set up in front of the class. A reflection of the class is seen in the background mirrors.
  • Members of the Kapaʻa Middle School Chorus and ʻUkulele Band.
  • Pono Fernandez, Joey Misailidis, Mālie Lyman, Kumu Alan Akaka, and instructor Lardizibal.
  • Bobby Ingano with NextGen musicians Tai Misailidis, Pono Fernandez, Joey Misailidis, and Mālie Lyman.
  • Bobby, Tai, Pono, Joey, and Mālie with Kumu Alan Akaka.
  • Presentation team member Pomaikaʻi Lyman showed the class some dance moves.
  • Some of the class members who performed at the festivalʻs main hoʻolaulea program with Mālie Lyman on Saturday.
  • The presentation completed, the team leaves Kapaʻa Middle School for the next festival event.

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