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 musicians participating in this year's Kaua‘i festival are all steel guitarists and are also proficient on other instruments including ‘ukulele and bass. Adult musicians include Gale Warshawsky, Shirley Holu and Larry Holu.