While the Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public, it is completely dependent upon grants and contributions to defray the cost of producing the festival. Festival production and support staff volunteer their time and resources for this event. Festival production expenses including stipends for the professional festival entertainers and instructors, transportation costs for festival personnel, and miscellaneous production and administrative costs are completely supported through grants and donations.
Major funding is provided by Hawaiīi Tourism through the Kūkulu Ola Program, the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort, The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation, Hawaiian Airlines, and HIMELE.
The Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival needs and welcomes your donations to help us underwrite festival production costs. If you wish to make a cash donation to HIMELE, please fill out the contact form and you will receive information on how you can do this. You can also go to the HIMELE website and make your donation online using your credit card.
Your contribution may be tax-deductible and will go a long way to support and perpetuate music education and the Hawaiian steel guitar. Your kokua is sincerely appreciated.
All contributions will be acknowledged by a Māhalo (thank you) letter from Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and may qualify for a tax deduction. Consult your financial advisor to verify your eligibility.
Māhalo for your support!