HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Royal Hawaiian Center will celebrate the unique sounds of Hawaiian music at its 2nd Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Week from July 9 through 14, 2018. Presented in collaboration with the Hawai?i Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE), the weeklong celebration of the Hawaiian steel guitar brings together legendary steel guitarists and keiki steel guitar students in nightly presentations at The Royal Grove Stage and culminates in a two-day Ho?olaule?a. The free annual event aims to raise awareness of the Hawaiian steel guitar and its importance in Hawaiian music and culture.
"It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama?aina will join us," said Alan Akaka, Chairman of the Board of HIMELE, who is also a renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist and music teacher.
Nightly hour-long programs on Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. will feature performances by steel guitar masters and ensembles, including students from the Ke Kula Mele Hawai?i School of Hawaiian Music, the next generation of steel guitarists.
The Festival culminates with a two-day Ho?olaule?a on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. with more then three-and-a-half hours of music from a multitude of steel guitar masters and artists each night. Performances will feature traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance. Additionally, vintage steel guitars will be on exhibit in Helumoa Hale with steel guitar experts on hand to answer questions from visitors. A hands-on demonstration of the steel guitar will be available to festival guests.
The Friday and Saturday Ho?olaule?a will include a pop-up market from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., featuring 10 local vendors selling products in the following categories: art, beauty & body products, casual island wear, formal wear, and jewelry & accessories.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.waikikisteelguitarweek.com.