Reiko Tokushige Rogers, radio personality and event emcee at Studio Rim Hawaii, has been chosen to emcee the Saturday evening ho‘olaule‘a program at this year's Waikiki Steel Guitar Week. The event will be held July 15-20, 2019, at the Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove stage.
Saturday's main festival program will feature two popular Japanese steel guitarists, Kiyoshi "Lion" Kobayashi and Tetsuya Ishiyama. Rogers will also appeal to an expected audience of Japanese steel guitarists watching the live-streamed event and celebrating what might be one of Kobayashi's last performances in Hawai‘i.
Rogers is the president of Studio Rim Hawaii, a media production company located in Waikīkī that carries out various media production services for International markets. Born in Japan, she has been working in the media and music world for a long time since her university days in Japan. She moved to Hawai‘'i and established Studio Rim Hawaii Inc.
Known by her fans as "Pele Reiko," she hosts broadcasts each week, delivering Hawaii updates and promoting Hawaiian music to Japan. She is also a Japanese docent at Iolani Palace, researching Japanese immigrant history in Hawaii.
Rogers joins Hau‘oli Akaka and Kathy Collins who will share emcee responsibilities for the week-long event.
Jonah "Hau'oli" Akaka is currently a Hawaiian Culture Specialist for the Kamehameha Schools Ho'okahua Cultural Vibrancy Division. As program manager at Kamehameha Schools, he managed and coordinated Hawaiian cultural enrichment education programs for Hawaiian children. He has also worked for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and spent time as an educator at Kailua High School where he taught Hawaiian language, Hawaiian history, mele and hula.
Prior to being an educator, Akaka was broadcast announcer of Hawaiian music and "Ka Leo Hawai‘i" Hawaiian language talk show co-host and radio personality on Hawaii radio station KCCN AM 1420.
Maui actress/comedienne/storyteller/radio personality Kathy Collins has been performing on stage since the age of 13. She began her broadcasting career at 17; years later, with her late husband Barry Shannon, she co-founded Mana'o Radio 91.5 FM, a non-commercial, non-profit radio station staffed entirely by volunteers.
Collins has hosted the Maui Steel Guitar Festival since 2014.
Additional information about the event, as well as the complete event schedule, is available at the event website.
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 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 Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 — Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
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
Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 13-15, 2019 — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 — Sheraton Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
October 9-10, 2020 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
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