Two media events were televised on Honolulu television stations to publicize the 2nd Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The events were arranged through the Royal Hawaiian Center's media relations consultant.
The first event was televised on Friday, July 6, 2018, on Hawaii News Now. Two different segments featured on-air performances with Next Generation steel guitarists Malie Lyman and Pono Fernandez, accompanied by Alan Akaka, Larry Holu, and Addison Ching performing "Hanalei Moon" and "Hene Jam" - a kanikapila-style steel guitar duel of "Henehene Kou Aka" between the Next Generation steel guitarists. Although no on-air interview was conducted, HNN Sunrise personalities Grace Lee and Steve Uyehara provided complete event descriptions to viewers.
The second event was televised on Monday, July 9, 2018, on KHON2's Wake Up 2day and Wake Up 2day - Take 2 programs. The first featured a live interview with Wake Up 2day news anchor Ross Shimabuku and HIMELE chairman Alan Akaka and several on-air performance segments. In addition to the songs performed at Hawaii News Now, Malie Lyman also led the group with her version of "'Alika."
Group shot with Take2's Kelly Simek and Kristine Uyeno. PC-Don Touchi.
The media events publicized the 2018 Waikiki Steel Guitar Week that kicked off on July 9, 2018, at the Royal Grove Stage of the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, O'ahu. The weeklong event features nightly steel guitar entertainment on Monday through Thursday, and a full ho'olaule'a program on Friday and Saturday evenings with five different steel guitar artists performing each night. The Friday and Saturday programs will be dedicated to the memory of Eddie Palama, veteran steel guitarist who recently passed away. Palama was a participant in previous years' Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival and other steel guitar festivals statewide.
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 - Sheraton Hotel, Kapa'a, Kaua'i (formerly Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach)
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD - Maui site
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
TBD - Maui site
TBD - Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 (tentative) - Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 8-13, 2019 (tentative)
Monday-Thursday - Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday - Festival Ho'olaule'a Performances
Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Style
August 17, 2019 - Kahala Mall, Honolulu
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 6-8, 2019 - Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai'i (formerly Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows)
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.