The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i was presented on March 17, 2018, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. The program was held at the center's stage and featured performances by Next Generation (keiki) steel guitar players Pono Fernandez (12), Joey Misailidis (12), and Malie Lyman (13), and Hawaiian steel guitar masters Alan Akaka, Jeff Au Hoy, Bobby Ingano, and Greg Sardinha. 19-year old Alexis Tolentino, featured in last year's festival as a Next Generation steel guitarist, made her Ka Makana Ali'i debut as a featured performer this year. Joey's younger sister Tai was featured on the U-bass as a Next Generation musician.
This festival was presented free to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. This program was supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.