Ke Kula Mele School of Hawaiian Music steel guitarists and musicians were featured in Mele Pakolu, an ongoing musical program presented by the Royal Hawaiian Center. The December 4, 6-7 P.M., performance featured eight youth musicians ranging in age from 9 to 14 led by Kumu Alan Akaka.
The group comprised Akaka on guitar, four steel guitarists, U-bass and upright bass players, and two 'ukulele players. Although only four steel guitarists were featured in the program, all eight musicians are steel guitarists. The steel guitarists switched off to 'ukulele when they weren't featured.
Mele Pakolu is a monthly Hawaiian music event incorporated into the Royal Hawaiian Center's Mele 'Ai Pohaku (songs of the people) initiative. Mele Pakolu features live music and hula and is presented during the first week of each month.NEXTGEN
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 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.