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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival to Play Waikiki Beach Walk in July

June 23, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

If you have music fans in Hawaii, they won't want to miss this. The Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group will present the Second Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival this July as part of Outrigger’s ongoing Na Mele No Na Pua Music Heritage Program. The month-long celebration will feature some of the islands' best steel guitarists, as well as artists new to the instrument, on stage at Waikiki Beach Walk every Sunday evening during the month, with performances on July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

*    July 3 – Stars of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar (5 to 8 p.m.) -- The festival kicks off on Sunday, July 3rd with an expanded program from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring Alan Akaka & the Islanders with Na Keiki a Ke Kula Mele; Bobby Ingano; Casey Olsen & the Hiram Olsen Trio; Greg Sardinha; and special guest Kiyoshi “Lion” Kobayashi from Japan.

*    July 10- Henry Kaleialoha Allen (5 to 6 p.m.)

*    July 17- Eddie Palama (5 to 6 p.m.)

*    July 24- Greg Sardinha (5 to 6 p.m.)

*    July 31- Na Keiki Kika Kila (5 to 6 p.m.) – The combined schools of steel guitar masters Alan Akaka and Greg Sardinha.

The Festival is being held in partnership with Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association, and Territorial Airwaves, with support from Ke Kula Mele Hawaii.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | June 23, 2011
The celebration will feature some of the islands' best steel guitarists on stage at Waikiki Beach Walk every Sunday evening during the month.