Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposiums are a series of community-based steel guitar workshops and courses that are held at various venues throughout the State of Hawai‘i throughout the year. The symposiums are presented to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture with specific emphasis on learning to play the Hawaiian steel guitar. No prior experience is necessary.
The purpose of the symposiums is to make available learning opportunities for those individuals wanting to expand their knowledge of the Hawaiian steel guitar, enhance their playability, or learn playing techniques from steel guitar masters. These symposiums may be targeted to various learning groups and are conducted by steel guitar masters who are known throughout the State of Hawai‘i and are expert in sharing their knowledge and playing techniques with others. The symposiums provide live instruction in an intimate learning environment where student and teacher can interact freely.
Tuition is nominal and varies for each symposium. Participants should have their own equipment, including a lap steel guitar and a portable amplifier.
The first symposium will be the Keiki Steel Guitar Summer Institute, a 6-week summer program for youth 9-17. The institute will meet for one hour each Saturday and provide an opportunity for local youth to learn about and how to play the Hawaiian steel guitar. According to instructor Alan Akaka, students will learn and explore the Hawaiian steel guitar giving them an opportunity to play simple Hawaiian songs and fills methods for backing singers and other musicians.
These symposiums are made available to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE™) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music. Additional information is available on the symposium website.
February 16, 2019 - Ka Makana Ali'i Shopping Center, Kapolei
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 - Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach, Kapa'a, Kaua'i
February 28-29, 2020 - Sheraton Hotel, Kapa'a, Kaua'i (same location, different name)
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD - Maui site
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
April 12-13, 2019 - Outlets of Maui, Lahaina, Maui
April 14, 2019 - Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Mini-Expo at Windward Mall
June 1, 2019 - Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 - Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 - Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Monday-Thursday - Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday - Festival Ho'olaule'a Performances
AISGC Winchester Convention
July 18-20, 2019 - Winchester Towne Centre, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Kine
August 17, 2019 - Kahala Mall, Honolulu
HSGA Ft. Collins Festival
September 17-19, 2019 - Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Due to a completion delay of the hotel renovation, the 2019 festival has been canceled.
HIMELE is a Hawai'i non-profit corporation that supports music enrichment and education for people of all ages. Our purpose is to educate, promote, and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments.