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Festival Program

Monday-Thursday Evening Concerts - Royal Grove Stage

One-hour evening concerts will be presented on the Royal Grove stage Monday-Thursday, July 10-13, during Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The performances will start at 6 P.M. each evening. Harry B. Soria, Jr. will host the performances.

Monday     Ke Kula Mele Next Generation Steel Guitarists and Ensemble
Tuesday     Greg Sardinha and Po'okela
Wednesday     Casey Olsen Trio
Thursday     Alan Akaka and The Islanders

Friday and Saturday Festival Ho'olaule'a Pageants - Royal Grove Stage

Friday and Saturday ho'olaule'a pageants begin at 5:30 each evening. Each evening features five different Hawaiian steel guitar masters will present programs featuring Hawaiian music and hula. Harry B. Soria, Jr. and Kimo Kahoano will host the pageants.

5:30 PM     Alexis Tolentino
6:15 PM     Steve Cheney
7:00 PM     Wayne Shishido
7:45 PM     Geronimo Valdriz
8:30 PM     Bobby Ingano
5:30 PM     Alan Akaka and The Islanders
6:15 PM     Paul Kim
7:00 PM     Eddie Palama
7:45 PM     Bobby Ingano
8:30 PM     Greg Sardinha and Po'okela

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.

Vintage Steel Guitar Exhibit - Helumoa Hale

Helumoa Hale

An exhibit of vintage and contemporary steel guitars will be presented in the Royal Hawaiian Center's Helumola Hale exhibit room. The exhibit will be open Friday and Saturday. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the steel guitars.

The Proclamation

Honolulu City and County mayor Kirk Caldwell has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 9-15, 2017, as Hawaiian Steel Guitar Appreciation Week. See the proclamation here.

The Festival Poster

2017 Waikiki Steel Guitar Week Poster
The Waikiki Steel Guitar Week poster was designed by Addison Ching and Monte McComber 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.

Festival Archives

The Festival Archives contains program information from previous Waikiki Steel Guitar Festivals.