Steel Trappings


Tone Bars: Stainless or Polymer?
Tone Bars: Stainless or Polymer?
February 22, 2018 • Addison Ching • Education

Many aspiring lap steel guitarists start off with a metallic standard stainless steel or chromed [...]

Haumana: A Student's Journey Through Hawaiian Music and Steel Guitar
Recording Your Music: Home Recording Basics
March 19, 2018 • Steve Tylka • Education

It was recently brought to my attention that many Steel Guitar players have questions regarding [...]

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Teenager Malie Lyman brings family traditions to Steel Guitar Festival
March 22, 2018 • John Berger • Festivals and Conventions

If Malie Lyman were a "mystery guest" on the classic television game show "What's My Line?" [...]

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Kika Kila: How Geri Valdriz helps keep the fire burning for steel guitars
April 4, 2018 • Lantana Hoke • News

Growing up on Oahu in the 1960s and '70s, Geri Valdriz and his friends listened to the [...]

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Sliding into the Soul of Aloha
April 8, 2018 • Mona De Crinis • News

"I was once told that the steel guitar is the truest extension of the human voice," says Alan [...]

Tone Bars: Stainless or Polymer?
Tone Bars: Stainless or Polymer? Part II
May 2, 2018 • Addison Ching • Education

Some players claim that stainless steel bars have a better sustain than polymer bars. "A myth," [...]


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Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
September 7-9, 2018 - Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Hawai'i
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i
February 16, 2019 (tentative) - 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
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

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