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Hawai’i Steel Guitar Festival

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The Experience

An influential instrument conceived in Hawai’i, the steel guitar transformed the sounds of modern-day country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Honor the origins of Hawaii’s indigenous instruments at this complimentary music festival featuring interactive workshops, vintage steel guitar exhibits, live music and more.

  • December 14 to 17, 2023
  • Complimentary
  • Open to guests and the community
  • Advanced reservations not required

A Beloved Community Event

Live entertainment, interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops and more.

Live Entertainment

From HāLani and Surf Shack to the Eva Parker Woods Cottage, celebrate the talents of Hawai’i Island’s artists through intimate acoustic sessions and large-scale concerts.

Steel Guitar Exhibit

A sensory experience for the curious, this exhibit showcases several vintage steel guitars that previously belonged to local masters. Pass through Hale ‘I’ike on your way to the beach, or linger to admire the instrument that altered the course of American music.

Introductions & Workshops

Pick up a new hobby or brush up on your steel guitar skills alongside seasoned steel guitarists. While the hands-on experiences are tailored to those who are unfamiliar with the steel guitar, workshops are designed to improve technique and provide a space for practice.


Calendar of Events

Open to guests and the community. Advanced reservations not required.

Thursday, December 14

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  • 5-8PM | Live Music at HāLani

Friday, December 15

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  • 11AM – 2 PM | Hands-On Steel Guitar at Surf Shack

  • 4-8PM | Hawai’i Steel Guitar Ho’olaule’a (Celebration) at the Ballroom Foyer

  • 8:30-10PM | Kanikapila (Impromptu Jam Session) at the Ballroom Foyer

Saturday, December 16

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  • 9-11AM | Steel Guitar Workshop at Hale ‘I’ike

  • 10AM – 12PM | Hands-On Steel Guitar at Surf Shack

  • 10AM – 3PM | Vintage Steel Guitar Exhibit at Hale ‘I’ike

  • 11:30AM – 3PM | Hawai’i Steel Guitar Open Stage at Surf Shack

  • 1:30-3PM | Hands-On Steel Guitar at Hale ‘I’ike

  • 5PM | Twilight at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage

Sunday, December 17

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  • 9:30-11AM | Live Music at HāLani


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