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The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i, a new shopping destination in Kapolei, O'ahu, is presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals are programs that are presented at community-focused venues for local audiences and complements the annual Waikiki festival which is more oriented towards Waikiki-based audiences.

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i is the fifth in a series of Hawaiian Steel Guitar festivals produced and presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. The Hawaiian festivals are made possible in collaboration with venues such as Ka Makana Ali'i. The flagship Maui Steel Guitar Festival is held in the spring on Maui in collaboration with the Arts Education for Children Group (AECG) and the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. The Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival is held each February at the Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach (Kapa'a). The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival is held in the summer at the Royal Grove (Helumoa) venue in collaboration with the Royal Hawaiian Center. The first annual Hawaii Steel Guitar Festival will be held on November 10-12, 2017 in collaboration with the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Festivals are presented to increase awareness and foster interest in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, an instrument important to Hawaiian music and culture.

All these festivals are free and open to the public and made possible through grants and donations from corporate sponsors and private individuals, supplemented by in-kind contributions and volunteer resources. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support our festivals.