July 9-14, 2018
The Royal Hawaiian Center will celebrate the unique sounds of Hawaiian music at its 2nd Annual Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week from July 9 through 14, 2018. Presented in collaboration with the Hawaiʻi Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE), the weeklong celebration of the Hawaiian steel guitar brings together legendary steel guitarists and keiki steel guitar students in nightly presentations at The Royal Grove Stage and culminates in a two-day Hoʻolauleʻa. The free annual event aims to raise awareness of the Hawaiian steel guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music and culture.
Nightly hour-long programs on Monday through Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. will feature performances by steel guitar masters and ensembles, including students from the Ke Kula Mele Hawaiʻi School of Hawaiian Music, the next generation of steel guitarists.
The Festival culminates with a two-day Hoʻolauleʻa on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. with more than three-and-a-half hours of music from a multitude of steel guitar masters and artists each night. Performances will feature traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance. Additionally, vintage steel guitars will be on exhibit in Helumoa Hale with steel guitar experts on hand to answer questions from visitors. A hands-on demonstration of the steel guitar will be available to festival guests.
The Friday and Saturday Hoʻolauleʻa will include a pop-up market from 5-9 p.m., featuring 10 local vendors selling products in the following categories: art, beauty and body products, casual island wear, formal wear, and jewelry and accessories.
All events are free and open to the public. The 2nd Annual Steel Guitar Week schedule is as follows:
July 9-12, 6-7 p.m.:
-Monday, July 9 – Ke Kula Mele School Next Generation Students
-Tuesday, July 10 – Scott Furushima
-Wednesday, July 11 – Greg Sardinha & Poʻokela
-Thursday, July 12 – Alan Akaka & the Islanders
Friday Hoʻolauleʻa, July 13:
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Ke Kula Mele School Next Generation Students
6:15-7 p.m. – Kamaka Tom
7-7:45 p.m. – Ed Punua
7:45-8:30 p.m. – Scott Furushima
8:30-9:05 p.m. – Abrigo ʻOhana
Saturday Hoʻolauleʻa, July 14:
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Alexis Tolentino
6:15-7 p.m. – Steve Cheney
7-7:45 p.m. – Alan Akaka & the Islanders
7:45-8:30 p.m. – Geronimo Valdriz
8:30-9:05 p.m. – Greg Sardinha and Poʻokela
Royal Hawaiian Center
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