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Waikiki Celebrates Steel Guitar with Festival

June 16, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox



Music lovers in Hawaii for the Fourth of July weekend will want to head to the Waikiki Beach Walk on July 4 for “Waikiki Beach Walk Presents…The First Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival,” as part of Outrigger Enterprises Group’s Na Mele No Na Pua Music Heritage program. 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.
Many of today’s great Hawaiian steel guitarists will gather to celebrate the signature sound of Hawaii. Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen, Greg Sardinha, and Jeff Au Hoy are just some of the artists who will be on hand to share their talents. The afternoon’s activities will be hosted by Harry B. Soria of Territorial Airwaves, and Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria.
An afternoon of musical performances will follow on the Plaza Stage at Waikiki Beach Walk with the following scheduled musicians, plus a number of special guests.
2:00-2:35           Greg Sardinha and Po`okela
2:45 -3:20          Ronald Kanahele with student Timi Abrigo and the Abrigo Ohana
3:30-4:05           Jeff Au Hoy and the Jeff Teves Trio
4:15-4:50           Alan Akaka and The Islanders with student Kilipaki
5:00-5:35           Casey Olsen and the Hiram Olsen Trio
5:40-6:00           Jam session – Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen, Greg Sardinha, Jeff Au Hoy, and Ronald Kanahele


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