Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase

Maui Steel Guitar Festival: The Shops At Wailea - October 15, 2022

The 2022 Maui Steel Guitar Festival was held in two locations: The Shops at Wailea in Wailea on Saturday, October 15, and the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului on Sunday, October 16. Both festivals featured identical programs with O‘ahu steel guitarists Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, Greg Sardinha, Joseph Zayac, and Maui steel guitarists Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, Konapiliahi Lau, and Joel Katz. NextGen keiki steel guitarists Mālie Lyman, Joey Misailidis and Tai Misailidis also performed. Backup musicians Kaipo Asing, Joseph Zayac and Helene Woodward assisted, and several hula dancers, including Kapuanani, Kathy Collins, Verdine Kong, and Maile Keawe Bryan, offered their hula to festival guests.

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  • The Shops At Wailea emcee Monte McComber.
  • Featured steel guitarist Greg Sardinha with Kaipo Asing, Joseph Zayac, and Helene Woodward.
  • Greg Sardinha and Joseph Zayac.
  • Kaipo Asing on backup ʻukulele.
  • Joseph Zayac on backup guitar.
  • Helene Woodward on upright bass.
  • Featured steel guitarist Joseph Zayac.
  • Joseph Zayac with Kaipo Asing, Alan Akaka, and Helene Woodward.
  • Featured NextGen steel guitarist Tai Misailidis.
  • Steel guitarist Bobby Ingano joined in with Tai.
  • Featured steel guitarist Joel Katz.
  • Joelʻs backup guitarist Kalena Foster.
  • Joelʻs backup ʻukulele player Preston Ako.
  • Joel Katz with Preston Ako on ukulele, Kalena Foster on guitar and Koakane Mattos on bass.
  • Joelʻs bass player Koakane Mattos.
  • Featured steel guitarist Konapiliahi Lau.
  • Kona Lau with Kema Kahawaii on slack key guitar and Nalu Robinson on electric bass.
  • Featured NextGen steel guitarist Joey Misailidis.
  • Featured steel guitarist Geronimo ʻʻGeriʻʻ Valdriz and Verdine Kong on electric bass.
  • Geri Valdriz.
  • Geriʻs backup guitarist Kawika Kamai.
  • Donn Mitsuyuki on guitar.
  • Verdine Kong on electric bass.
  • Donn Mitsuyuki, Kawika Kamai, Geri Valdriz, and Verdine Kong.
  • Featured steel guitarist Bobby Ingano.
  • Bobby Ingano with Kaipo Asing, Joseph Zayac, and Helene Woodward.
  • Featured NextGen steel guitarist Mālie Lyman with Alan Akaka.
  • Hula dancer Kapuanani Greene provided hula for Mālie.
  • Mālieʻs mom Pomaikaʻi Keawe joined in Mālieʻs set.
  • Mālie Lyman and Alan Akaka.
  • Featured steel guitarist Alan Akaka.

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