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Maui Steel Guitar Festival
April 13, 2018 - April 15, 2018| FREE
The 2018 Festival will be on April 13-14, 2018 at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Open Stage performances are planned for Friday and Saturday beginning mid-morning and going through early afternoon. Evening Ho’olaule’a programs and public Jam Sessions will be presented on both Friday and Saturday nights. The lineup of featured performers will be posted here and on the festival’s Facebook page as soon as it is finalized.
Open Stage sessions will be presented on Friday from approximately 10:00 AM to 3:15 PM. These sessions will feature steel guitar players from the United States and abroad in half-hour playing sessions.
The Friday and Saturday ho’olaule’a pageants will feature six different steel guitar presentations each night and run from approximately 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Public “kanikapila” jam sessions will be held Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:30 PM and hosted by the master steel guitar players. Everyone is invited to participate and play along with the featured players and festival guest musicians. Musicians are advised to bring their own instruments, amplifiers and music stands if required.
Saturday Workshops will be given on the Hawaiian steel guitar and topics related to the instrument. Information about the workshops will be posted when it becomes available.
This year’s festival will be held in two locations. Upon conclusion of the festival activities at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on Sunday, the festival will relocate to the Queen Ka’ahamanu Center in Kahului, Maui. Performances will begin at 12 Noon and continue through 5 P.M. and will include selected main performers from the hotel festival. The vintage steel guitar exhibit will also be presented at the center.
School visitations are a very important part of the Festival not commonly seen by the general public. Presentations are made by festival teams comprising some master players, students, and other musicians. These teams, upon invitation, travel to various Maui schools at all levels from elementary to high school and present an educational and musical program that introduces attendees to the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. At the end of the presentation, attendees are invited to ask questions and try out the steel guitar if they desire.
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