Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival at Kukui Grove Center Part 1 - May 7, 2023

The Kukui Grove Center festival featured steel guitarists Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz, Greg Sardinha, NextGen steel guitarists Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Isabella Bertlemann, Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis and Joey Misailidis, steel guitarists Sebastian Mūller, Mālie Lyman, Bobby Ingano with guest artist Heu‘i Bandmann, and Alan Akaka.

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  • Alan Akaka kicks off the festival at Kukui Grove Center in Lihue.
  • Featured steel guitarist Geronimo ʻʻGeriʻʻ Valdriz.
  • Geri with Kaipo Asing, Joseph Zayac, and Helene Woodward.
  • Kaipo, Geri, and Joseph.
  • Festival emcee Lady Ipo Kahaunaele.
  • Kaipo and Alan.
  • Featured steel guitarist Alan Akaka.
  • Backup guitarist Joseph Zayac.
  • Upright bassist Helene Woodward.
  • Lady Ipo with Kaipo and Alan.
  • Kaipo, Lady Ipo, and Alan.
  • Featured steel guitarist Greg Sardinha with Alan, Joseph and Helene.
  • Alan, Greg, Joseph, and Helene.
  • Joseph takes a musical break and gives a dance exhibition with Megan Held.
  • Megan Held and Joseph Zayac are both professional dance instructors.
  • Megan and Joseph.
  • Megan shows off her fancy footwork.
  • Megan and Joseph influenced these keiki to dance as well.
  • Keiki dancers.
  • The Kukui Grove Center festival attracted a large crowd.
  • Kukui Grove Center festival guests.
  • Kaipo, Greg, Joseph, and Helene.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Makamae Lyu-Napoleon.
  • Makamae with her Jerry Byrd frypan steel guitar.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Isabella Bertelmann with Kaipo Asing.
  • Isabella with Kaipo, Joseph, and Helene.

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