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Media Events Kick Off Waikiki Steel Guitar Week

Media Events Kick Off Waikiki Steel Guitar Week

July 10, 2018 • Addison ChingFestivals and Conventions

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.

Performance at Hawaii News Now Sunrise
Performance at Hawaii News Now Sunrise. PC-Don Touchi.
Performance at KHON2's Wake Up 2day
Performance at KHON2's Wake Up 2day. PC-Don Touchi.

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
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.



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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
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

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 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
December 6-8, 2019 - Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai'i (formerly Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows)

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