Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase

Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival Part 2 - December 9, 2022

The 2022 Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival was held on Friday, December 9, 2022, at the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection in Waimea, Hawai‘i. The performance featured O‘ahu steel guitarists Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, Kaua‘i Steel Guitgarist Ed Punua, Maui steel guitarist Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, amd Hawai‘i Island steel guitarists Pomai Brown with Russell Paio and Reginald Davis, Sonny Lim with Davod Kaio and Keola Grace, and Dwight Tokumoto. NextGen keiki steel guitarists Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, and alumnus Ethan Goore also performed. Backup musicians Kaipo Asing, Joseph Zayac and Helene Woodward provided backup accompaniment. The program was hosted by Kimo Kahoano.

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  • Getting ready for the concert. From left: Helene Woodward, Kaipo Asing, Greg Sardinha, and emcee Kimo Kahoano. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Alan Akaka affixes his signature to a steel guitar to be raffled at the concert. The steel guitar included the signatures of all the performing steel guitarists. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Dan Tremblay holds up the steel guitar with signatures. The guitar is a beginner acoustic electric guitar converted by Dan to be a steel guitar. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Some of the sparse audience during Sonny Lim's performance. The resort's lack of publicity to its guests accounted for the low turnout. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Another view of the performance venue. PC-Addison Ching.
  • Sonny Lim, Alan Akaka, and Pomai Brown.
  • Emcee Kimo Kahoano, Alan Akaka, and Addison Ching.
  • Geronimo ''Geri'' Valdriz and Sonny Lim.
  • The festival store was maintained by Sandy Sardinha and Linda Mentzer.
  • Video livestreaming was provided by Laʻakea Kamakawiwoʻole and Leomana Turaldo.
  • Keola Grace, Ed Punua, and Sonny Lim.
  • Helene Woodward, Joseph Zayac, Bobby Ingano, Kaipo Asing, Geri Valdriz, Kimo Kahoano, Dwight Tokumoto, and Greg Sardinha.
  • Kaipo Asing, mother Jane Asing, Napua Asing, Manu Hanano and Julie Hanano.
  • Sandy Sardinha and Linda Metzger with Mauna Lani Senior Event Manager Jessica Vallente.
  • Helene Woodward, Geri Valdriz, Joseph Zayac, Ed Punua, Kimo Kahoano, and Greg Sardinha.
  • Shirley Holu, Enosa Lyman, and Sharon Ching.
  • Alan Akaka, Dwight Tokumoto, and Addison Ching.
  • Ethan, Karen, and Nate Goore.
  • Kimo Kahoano and Danny Akaka, Jr.
  • Alan Akaka taking a picture of Sonny Lim and Enosa Lyman.
  • Sonny Lim and Greg Sardinha.
  • Larry Holu.
  • Mapuana and Reginald Davis.
  • Program Finale: Hawaiʻi Aloha.
  • Livestream camera view of the stage.
  • Livestream camera #2 view of the stage.
  • Livestream setup showing monitor and actual stage.

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