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2016 Program

Friday Pre-Festival Activities - John Troutman Talk and Book Signing

Helumoa Hale

John W. Troutman, author of "Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music" will present a talk at 4:00 P.M. at Helumoa Hale at the Royal Grove. A reception and book signing will follow at 5:00-6:30 P.M.

Saturday Festival

The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival will feature eight of Hawai'i's steel guitar masters and three Next Generation Hawaiian steel guitar players from the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music. Morning and early afternoon performances will be hosted by celebrity personality Mele Apana and the late afternoon and evening performances will be hosted by celebrity personality Kimo Kahoano.

The following musical performances are scheduled to begin at 11 A.M. at the Royal Grove:

Hosted by Mele Apana
11:00-11:30 A.M.     Ke Kula Mele Next Gen Students and Ensemble
11:45-12:30 P.M.     Alan Akaka
12:45-1:30 P.M.     Isaac Akuna
1:45-2:30 P.M.     Greg Sardinha
2:45-3:30 P.M.     Jeff Au Hoy
Hosted by Kimo Kahoano
3:45-4:30 P.M.     Paul Kim
4:45-5:30 P.M.     Bobby Ingano
6:00-7:00 P.M.     Nightly Royal Hawaiian Center Hula Program
7:15-8:00 P.M.     Eddie Palama & Group
8:15-9:00 P.M.     Timi Abrigo & The Abrigo 'Ohana

   Program schedule revised: July 3, 2016

Featured Steel Guitarists

Next Generation Steel Guitar Players

Next Generation steel guiitar students of the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music will perform for festival attendees' enjoyment.

The Festival Poster

2016 Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival Poster
The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival poster was designed by Addison Ching and features pictures of the master performers superimposed on a silhouette of a 1940 Rickenbacher Bakelite steel guitar. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.