Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
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21 Sep 09:00 - 23 Sep 18:00

The Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W Prospect Rd

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3 Days of Hawaiian Steel Guitar in Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University and gateway to the northern Rocky Mountains. Our 31st annual gathering where members showcase their musicianship, teach each other, jam, and listen to world-class Hawaiian Steel guitar. Public encouraged to attend!

Special Guest Alan Akaka!

Alan Akaka is from a family whose roots are deep in Hawaiian music. His father Senator Daniel K. Akaka, former director of the famous Kawaiaha‘o Church Choir, played an important role in Akakaʻs music beginnings and encouraged him through his development. Alan established and directed the Kamehameha Middle School Nā 'Ōpio Singers and Hawaiian Ensemble. He was the director of the Performing Arts Academy at Kamehameha for 16 years. In 2009, he established Ke Kula Mele - School of Hawaiian music.

As for the steel guitar, Akaka created his own sound and style, incorporating ideas and styles from the masters of steel - David Rogers, Benny Rogers, Jules Ah See, Billy Hew Len, David Keliʻi, Jake Keliʻikoa, and his teacher Jerry Byrd. He recorded with a number of artists including Genoa Keawe, Benny Kalama, Sonny Kamahele, Raiatea Helm, Kuana Torres Kahele, Randy Hongo, Owana, Nohelani Cypriano, Nina Kealiʻiwahamana, and Karen Keawehawai’i as well as with Sweden’s Simons and a number of Japan artists and groups. “How Dʻya Do” featuring the Islanders was a finalist at the 1987 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and his solo album “Simply Steel” was a finalist at the 2010 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

Akaka led “The Islanders” featured at the Halekūlani's House Without A Key for over twenty years while concurrently performing with Genoa Keawe and the Keawe ʻOhana at the Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort. He travels throughout the world as an artist and conducts Hawaiian music and steel guitar workshops through his “AkakaClub”. In 2012, Akaka was inducted in the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame along with fellow members of the Hawaiian language music group “Ka Leo Hawaiʻi”. In 2014, he was invited as a guest soloist at the International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis. In 2015, he traveled to Kolkata, India and was presented with an award at the India International Guitar Festival.

In 2015, Akaka established HIMELE – Hawai‘i Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences that supports music education and enrichment for people of all ages. Its purpose is to educate, promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments by organizing and sponsoring annual Hawaiian steel guitar festivals on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi.

Akaka performs weekly at Duke‘s Waikīkī.

Saturday the 23rd is Festival Day! Don't Miss It!
Stage Performances All Day ~ Seminars & Workshops
Bring Your Instruments!

Luau & Show at Night (tickets sold separately)

Festival details (including how to sign up to play on stage) on our website. http://hsga.org/festival2017.htm

HSGA Members $20/day
Non-members $25/day or $70 for a 3-Day Pass
Students with ID $10/Day!
Daily fee includes all performances, seminars and workshops!
Tickets to the Saturday Night Luau are $50 per person

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