The first annual Kona Steel Guitar Festival is coming to Keauhou. This festival is a new event developed to coincide with the relocation of Keola Beamer’s Aloha Music Camp from Kapa‘a on Kaua‘i to the big Island. (The Kaua‘i Steel Guitar festival will continue to be presented at the Kapa‘a venue.) The lineup includes Alan Akaka, Pōmai Brown, Al Greene, Jr., Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, Greg Sardinha, Dwight Tokumoto, and Geronimo “Geri” Valdriz. NextGen steel guitarists Enosa Lyman, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Isaballa Bertelmann, and Pono Fernandez will also perform. The event’s emcee will be Kimo Kahoano. The festival will also include kanikapila sessions, Open Stage performances, a steel guitar exhibit, and a workshop. Open to the public. Free admission. More info: https://konasteelguitarfestival.com
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peggy grant says
Will you be having it next year? My husband bought a lap steel guitar and doesn’t know how to play. Will there be a lesson at the show? We can make arrangements if so. Thanks!
Carole Cancler says
Hi Peggy, We don’t have anything to do with the show, so you’d have to ask the organizers of this event. Check their website for contact information: https://konasteelguitarfestival.com/