Kona Steel Guitar Festival

Festival Information

The Kona Steel Guitar Festival is presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music. The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and provides opportunites for Kona area steel guitarists to join steel guitarists from other parts of Hawai‘i and the US to share their talents. Some festivals have been scheduled to precede the Aloha Music Camp to offer camp attendees an extra opportunity to rediscover the Hawaiian steel guitar and enjoy the nahenahe sounds of master steel guitarists from Hawai‘i.

The Kona Steel Guitar Festival is one of a series of Hawaiian Steel Guitar festivals produced and presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc. (HIMELE) and its partners.

All festivals are presented to increase awareness and foster interest in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, an instrument important to Hawaiian music and culture. All these festivals are free and open to the public and made possible through grant awards and donations from Hawai‘i State agencies, corporate sponsors and private individuals, supplemented by in-kind contributions and volunteer resources. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support our festivals.

The 2023 Kona Steel Guitar Festival

The 2023 Festival will be held at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa immediately preceding the 2023 Aloha Music Camp. Please check back for festival features, event schedule, and performer lineup. It is expectged that the festival format will closely follow previous festivals held immediately prior to the Aloha Music Camp, including nightly kanikapila, an Open Stage, vintage steel guitar exhibits and hands-on training, workshops, and a two-part ho‘olaule‘a concert program on Saturday.

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