Steel Trappings, a Resource Center for Hawaiian Steel Guitar Enthusiasts, is produced by HIMELE as a service to the steel guitar community. Contributed articles are authored by respected steel guitarists, musicians, authors, educators, and others who have a desire to share their information and knowledge with anyone interested in Hawaiian music, culture, and the Hawaiian steel guitar.
HIMELE’s philosophy is to make as much information as possible about the music, the culture, and the instrument freely available to the general public to promote and encourage interest. By doing this, HIMELE hopes to reach a wide audience including today’s youth who will become tomorrow’s musicians.
Why the name Steel Trappings? A source of resources for the Hawaiian steel guitar should have the word “steel” in its title to impart some association with the instrument. “Trappings” are signs, features, or objects associated with a particular situation, role, or thing — in this case, the steel guitar. Finally, “Steel Trap” describes an acute intelligence about a subject.
Please see HIMELE’s website at http://www.himele.org for more information about who we are and what we do. Mahalo for your interest!
Addison Ching, Steel Trappings Editor