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The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival, and now the Waikiki Steel Guitar Week, is presented each year by the Royal Hawaiian Center in collaboration with HIMELE (Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences). The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists and up-coming students for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. This annual event is presented to highten awareness of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music and culture.

Alan Akaka, renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, music teacher and Executive Director of HIMELE, says, "It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama'aina will join us."

Now located at the Royal Grove entertainment venue in the heart of the Royal Hawaiian Center, the festival celebrates what was once the playground of Hawaiian royalty by offering a program of Hawaiian music and dance that is easily accessed by Waikiki pedestrian traffic and center visitors.

The Waikiki Steel Guitar Week events are free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage. Standard parking rates apply. Validated parking is available with $10 purchase from any center merchant. Waikiki Steel Guitar Week is made possible through a partnership with the Royal Hawaiian Center and supplemented by volunteer resources. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support this and other HIMELE steel guitar festivals.

Waikiki Steel Guitar Week and the 8th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival

Waikiki Steel Guitar Week will be held at the Royal Grove on the Saturday preceding the annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii.

Festival Information From Previous Waikiki Steel Guitar Festivals

The 2016 (7th Annual) Festival - Festival Info

The 2015 (6th Annual) Festival - Festival Info

The 2014 (5th Annual) Festival - Festival Info

The 2013 (4th Annual) Festival - Festival Info