The 2024 Festival will feature steel guitar masters Alan Akaka, Pōmai Brown, Billy Cardine, Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, Dwight Tokumoto, and Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz. NextGen steel guitarists Hi‘ipoi Lindsey, Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, and Joey Misailidis will also perform.
The program will be presented in two segments. The morning segment is from 11:00 AM to 3:05 PM HST and the second segment is from 5:00 PM to 8:05 PM HST. The program will be livestreamed on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The resort presents a Thursday evening luau for its resort guests, and a Thuraday kanikapila may not be held depending on scheduling and facility availability. Watch for on-site announcements about this.
Friday and Saturday kanikapila will be open to the public. Bring your favorite instrument and play along with festival musicians or just come and enjoy the music. If your instrument requires amplification bring along a battery-powered amplifier.
Friday Open stage sessions are scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM and will feature guest artists and performers. These 30-minute playing sessions will showcase steel guitarists and Hawaiian music groups.
A "Learn to Play" workshop and an open talk story will be conducted Friday evening. Meet and greet Alan Akaka and Bobby Ingano and join the talk story experience.
Saturday's ho‘olaule‘a will be held in two segments. The first segment will begin at 11:00 AM and will feature four steel guitar masters and two NextGen steel guitarists in separate programs for your enjoyment. The second segment will begin at 5:00 PM and will also feature four steel guitar masters and two NextGen steel guitarists in their own programs. Both segments will be livestreamed.
These "NextGen" Steel Guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment.
An exhibit featuring vintage and contemporary lap steel guitars will be presented. The instruments are from the instrument collections of Hawai‘i-based steel guitarists appearing at the festival. Come and see this wide assortment of steel guitars. Steel guitarist Geri Valdriz will be available to answer your questions.
Festival guests will be offered hands-on opportunities to experience the steel guitar under the guidance of steel guitar expert Daniel Tremblay.
The Kona Steel Guitar Festival poster was designed by Addison Ching and features pictures of the master performers superimposed on a Weissenborn-type lap steel guitar. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.
The Festival Archives contains program information from previous festivals.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kona Steel Guitar Festival