The 3rd Annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival will be held on Friday through Sunday, December 13th through 15th, 2019, at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Worldwide on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii. This festival will feature steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, workshops, jam sessions where festival guests can play along with steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel Guitarists can present their own program to festival guests. The festival is presented free to the public by the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Worldwide and the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music, with grants and support from corporate partners, and private donors. This program is supported in part by Hawaii Tourism and 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. This year's festival will be held to help the hotel celebrate its grand re-opening after a $100+ million hotel renovation project that began in October, 2018. This year's festival will incorporate the resort's monthly Twilight at Kalahuipuaa series, conducted by the resort's Kahu Hanai, Danny Akaka, Jr. as a part of Saturday evening's program. A main concert program will be held on Friday evening, with workshops and Open Stage performances.
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