Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Open Stage

Open Stage performances were presented on Friday afternoon in the hotel's Paddle Room. Many of the open stage performers are students of Alan Akaka's Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music, and some came from California, Washington, and Alaska.

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  • Rhonda Murotake was accompanied by Stephanie Sundius, Scott Vllhauer, Dan Villani, Angela Villani, and Larry Holu. Photo by Addison Ching.
  • Stephanie, Scott, Rhonda, Dan, Angie, and Larry. Photo by Addison Ching.
  • Steel guitarist Rhonda Murotake. Photo by Addison Ching.
  • Rhonda Murotake. Photo by Addison Ching.
  • Steel guitarist Dr. Daniel Villani gave interesting anecdotes about the songs he performed.
  • Dan Villani. Photo by Addison Ching.
  • Rhonda and Dan used the same backup musicians for their performances. Photo by Addison Ching.
  • Dan, Angie, and Larry.
  • Stephanie, Scott, Rhonda, and Dan.
  • Stephanie Sundius, Scott Vilhauer, and Rhonda. All are from Southern California.
  • Stephanie, Scott, Rhonda, Dan, Angie, and Larry.
  • Addison Ching was the Open Stage emcee.
  • Steel guitarist Dr. Kris Oka from San Francisco.
  • Kris Oka with a Magnatone Ameriloha modified for 7 strings.
  • Kris as seen through his own video camera.
  • Steel guitarist Vickie Van Fechtmann from Puna, Hawai'i, accompanied by Kumu Alan Akaka and Addison Ching.
  • Steel guitarist Mark Gaponoff from Seattle, Washington, accompanied by Kumu Alan Akaka and Addison Ching.
  • Mark Gaponoff incorporated his other instrument, a fiddle, into one of his songs.
  • Steel guitarist Heu'i Bandmann, accompanied by Emily Hartshorn (age 13) and Isaac Maluhia Castillo.
  • Heu'i's musicians swapped instruments throughout her performance.
  • Steel guitarist Aaron Benolkin from Anchorage, Alaska, accompanied by Alan Akaka, Larry Holu, and Addison Ching.
  • Aaron Benolkin with Alan Akaka.
  • Aaron, Alan, Larry, and Addison.
  • The Ke Kula Mele Makua, accompanied by the Ke Kula Mele NextGen. From left: Tai Misailidis, Ethan Goore, Joey Misailidis, Mālie Lyman, Pono Fernandez, Kumu Alan Akaka, Shirley Holu, Gale Warshawsky, Larry Holu, and Addison Ching.
  • Steel guitarists Larry Holu and Addison Ching with Alan Akaka, Shirley Holu, and Gale Warshawsky.
  • Larry and Addison playing Kuuʻipo I Ka Heʻe Puʻe One, with Gale Warshawsky.
  • The Ke Kula Mele Next Gen (Ethan, Pono, Tai, Joey, and Mālie), Kumu Alan Akaka, and the Ke Kula Mele Makua (Shirley, Gale, Larry, and Addison).
  • The Ke Kula Mele Next Gen: Tai and Joey Misailidis, Mālie Lyman, Pono Fernandez, and Ethan Goore. Tai is also a steel guitarist but is the U-bass player for the group.

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