Waikiki Steel Guitar Week

2014 Program

Event Schedule

The following musical performances are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on the Plaza Stage:

3:00-3:25 p.m.     Greg Sardinha
3:30-3:55 p.m.     Eddie Palama
4:00-4:25 p.m.     Jeff Au Hoy with The Islanders
4:30-5:10 p.m.     Makua Class with Ke Kula Mele players
5:15-5:40 p.m.     Owana Salazar with The Islanders
5:45-6:10 p.m.     Bobby Ingano with The Islanders
6:15-6:35 p.m.     Alan Akaka with The Islanders
6:40-7:00 p.m.     "Jam session" - group performance with all musicians

Featured Steel Guitarists

Alan Akaka
Alan Akaka

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductee Alan Akaka has created his own sound and style through the inspiration of legendary steel guitarists like David Rogers, Benny Rogers, Jules Ah See, Billy Hew Len, David Keli'i, Jake Keli'ikoa, and his teacher Jerry Byrd.

He has recorded with Genoa Keawe, Benny Kalama, Sonny Kamahele, Jerry Byrd, Barney Isaacs, Nina Keali'iwahamana, Karen Keawehawai'i, Gary Aiko, Owana Salazar and Kuana Torres Kahele as well as with Hawaiian music bands from around the world.

His venues include Waikiki's top hotels such as the Halekulani's House Without A Key, Waikiki Beachcomber, Outrigger Main, Outrigger Reef, New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel and Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Sheraton and the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

Akaka finds joy in sharing Hawaiian music and culture with his audience. He travels throughout the world as an entertainer and a guest artist perpetuating Hawaiian music while stirring renewed interest in the unique, lilting sound of the steel guitar.

With a Masters of Education degree and more than 30 years of teaching in the schools, Akaka launched Hawaiian music education programs around the State of Hawai'i and coordinated performances that generated more interest and brought much exposure to the Hawaiian steel guitar. In 2009, Akaka established Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, a school of Hawaiian music where creative and musical ideas can be developed, shaped, nurtured, and shared.

Akaka produces the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, an annual 3-day event featuring school visits, educational and cultural workshops and steel guitar performances by a variety of amateur and professional players.

Jeff Au Hoy
Jeff Au Hoy

Largely self-taught, Au Hoy has mentored under the likes of local steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and brings an "old soul" feeling when he plays his "Frypan." His playing style reflects those of steel legends David Kelii, Billy Hew Len, Pua Almeida, and Benny Rogers. Jeff has recorded with the Brothers Cazimero, Jeff Teves Quartette, Pueo Pata, Aaron Sala and others. In 2004 he received a call to perform at Carnegie Hall with the cast of the Hawaii Calls show. Currently he performs with Cyril Pahinui at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. Although Jeff is a trained pianist and can play in a number of genres, his interest lies primarily in Hawaiian music of the 1940s and 50s.

Bobby Ingano
Bobby Ingano

A protégé of the famous steel guitarist David "Feet" Rogers (Sons of Hawaii), Bobby Ingano learned from Rogers his gentle style of guitar and humble philosophy of life. His style of lap steel guitar is melodic, understated, and distinctly Hawaiian. In high school, Bobby became immersed in playing the "blues" and joined a band. When he was 18, he met a man who was one of the most notably influential people in his life — David "Feet" Rogers, original slide steel player of the renowned Sons of Hawaii. Feet instilled in Bobby the importance of playing with discipline and love. It is this wisdom that Bobby now shares with young steel guitar players and other young musicians. Now a highly sought after studio musician, Bobby can occasionally be seen touring on the mainland or Japan with the biggest names in Hawaiian music.

Eddie Palama
Eddie Palama

Eddie Palama was born on August 5, 1946 in Honolulu, HI. He is a self taught steel guitarist and found his first steel guitar in a public trash bin late in life. He cleaned it off and added strings to it. For about a year of extensive practicing day and night, Eddie taught himself to play the steel guitar. Eddie joined the Musicians Union and became a professional steel guitar player the following year.

Owana Salazar
Owana Salazar

Singer, Slack Key & lap steel guitarist, Owana Salazar brings traditional Hawaiian, contemporary, and jazz together into her performances. Born into a musical family, Owana developed her talents at Kamehameha Schools, then became a music major at UH Manoa where she developed her voice and guitar accompaniment skills. She was introduced to Slack Key (Kiho'alu) by friend, Nelson Hiu, and developed her own style influenced by the great masters of Slack Key including Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Chillingworth, and Gabby Pahinui. Owana has toured concert halls in Japan, Tahiti, New Zealand, Austraila, and the mainland, as a soloist, paired with Ledward Kaapana or Cindy Combs, and as part of the Hawaiian Slack Key Festival Tour with George & Keoki Kahumoku, and Daniel Ho. She was also featured in a "Ladies of Slack Key" tour on the west coast. Owana was featured on two of their Grammy winning Slack Key compilation CDs: Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2, the Grammy nominated Spirit of Slack Key Guitar, and the Hawaii Music Award-winning Masters of Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 3.

Greg Sardinha
Greg Sardinha

Greg Sardinha has the reputation as the steel guitar player who has the ability to present old Hawaii with a contemporary twist. After years of playing in the background for many of Hawaii's recording artists, Sardinha released his first solo album in 2006 entitled HAWAIIAN STEEL VOL 4 - Artistry of Greg Sardinha. The album reflects his artistry and versatility with the ukulele, guitar and Hawaiian steel guitar and creates a feel of unusual textures and interplay between all the instruments. He has showcased his Hawaiian steel guitar talent performing locally in Hawaii and on the mainland. Sardinha has recorded with many local, national and international artists including Ipo Kumukahi, Sean Na'auao, Cyril Pahinui Band, Hawaiian Style Band, Kalapana, Na Leo, Darrin Benitez, Karen Keawehawai'i, Cecilio and Kapono, Tim Coffman, Jim Messina, Renn Loa, and Richard Cheese Band and others. Sardinha has 6 "HAWAIIAN STEEL" CDs in collaboration with recording artists Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen, Bobby Ingano, Paul Kim, Duke Ching and others. Sardinha recently released "Stainless—Steel Guitar Stylings of Greg Sardinha", his second solo CD, which was awarded the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Instrumental Album of the Year.

Alan Akaka and The Islanders

Kaipo Asing
Kaipo Asing (Guitar)

Highly regarded for his creative vocal style and keen harmony, Kaipo's musical ideas deliver an invigorating quality to The Islanders' sound. No matter whether he plays an instrument or sings in full chest voice or high falsetto, Kaipo performs with style.

Gary Aiko
Gary Aiko (Bass)

Known for his deep, velvety voice Gary has become famous for his renditions of Hawai'i's love songs. Son of legendary Hawaiian singer Genoa Keawe, he is hardly a newcomer to the music scene. Gary has performed with the Hawai'i Calls show and throughout the world. He is the lead male singer of the Royal Hawaiian Band and also performs with his family, the Keawe 'Ohana, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. His recently-released CD, "Poina 'Ole 'Ia" was among the top 20 best-selling CDs in Hawaii for 2012 (mele.com).

Ke Kula Mele Hawaii Na Makua and Next Gen Steel Guitarists

At Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, apprentices of all ages are learning the art of the Hawaiian steel guitar from one of the instrument's legends, Alan Akaka. Click here for more info.

The Festival Poster

2014 Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival Poster

The Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival poster was designed by the Outrigger Group. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.

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