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Festival Information: The 7th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival

In partnership with the Royal Hawaiian Center, the 7th annual Festival was held at the Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This year's event once again preceded the annual Roy Sakuma 'Ukulele Festival Hawaii at Kapi'olani Park on July 17. This year's festival was planned to begin mid-morning and extend throughout the afternoon.

The lineup once again featured popular Hawaiian Steel Guitar masters along with steel guitar students of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music. This year's featured steel guitar masters included Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, Isaac Akuna, Paul Kim, Eddie Palama, Greg Sardinha and Timi Abrigo in individual programs of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance.

Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Next Generation steel guitar students Pono Fernandez, 11, Malie Lyman, 12 and Alexis Tolentino, 17, were accompanied by other keiki Ke Kula Mele Hawaii musicians.

The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival was free and open to the public. Parking was available at the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage. Standard parking rates applied. Validated parking was available with $10 purchase from any center merchant.