Festival participants from Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music include adult performers and NextGen steel guitarists and musicians. The Ke Kula Mele ensemble comproses steel guitarists that also play ‘ukulele, and vocalists that also play ‘ukulele. Kaua‘i festival participants range in age from 11 to adult.
NextGen steel guitarists participating in the Kaua‘i festival are also proficient on the ‘Ukulele and include Joey Misailidis, Mālie Lyman and Pono Fernandez. NextGen musician Tai Misailidis plays U-bass. Adult musicians include Gale Warshawsky, Shirley and Larry Holu, and Addison Ching.