Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival - Keiki Kine - August 19, 2023

>The 2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival - Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall featured NextGen steel guitar players from Alan Akaka's Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music in a two-hour performance. NextGen steel guitarists Hi‘ipoi Lindsay, Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, Isabella Bertelmann, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, and Pono Fernandez were joined by Alan Akaka, Helene Woodward and Kaipo Asing with assist from guest steel guitarist Bobby Ingano. Emcee was Pono's dad, Jake Kuliaikanu‘u Fernandez.

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  • Kaipo Asing was one of the backup musicians for the Keiki.
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival banner with festival emcee Jake Kuliaikanuʻu Fernandez.
  • Festival emcee Jake Kuliaikanuʻu Fernandez.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Tai Misailidis with Bobby Ingano.
  • Tai Misailidis with Helene Woodward, Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, and Kaipo Asing.
  • Tai with Alan Akaka, Kaipo Asing, and Bobby Ingano.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Pono Fernandez with Bobby Ingano.
  • Pono Fernandez with Bobby Ingano, Helene Woodward, Alan Akaka, and Kaipo Asing.
  • Pono Fernandez.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Isabella Bertelmann.
  • Isabella Bertelmann with Bobby Ingano.
  • Isabella with Helene Woodward, Alan Akaka, Bobby Ingano, and Kaipo Asing.
  • Some of the Kahala Mall festival guests.
  • Helene, Alan, Isabella, Kaipo, and Bobby.
  • Helene Woodward provided backup for the Keiki steel guitarists.
  • Jake Kuliaikanuʻu Fernandez.
  • MextGen steel guitarists Isabella Bertelmann and Makamae Lyu-Napoleon performing a steel guitar duet, backed up by Alan Akaka and Bobby Ingano. Kimo Kahoano is in the audience.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Makamae Lyu-Napoleon.
  • Isabella and Makamae with Helene, Alan, and Bobby.
  • Isabella and Makamae.
  • Makamae Lyu-Napoleon.
  • Helene, Alan, Makamae, Kaipo, and Bobby.
  • Kimo Kahoano shared a few words.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Enosa Lyman with Alan Akaka, Kaipo Asing, and Bobby Ingano.
  • Enosa with Helene, Alan, Kaipo, and Bobby.
  • Enosa Lyman with Alan Akaka, Kaipo Asing, and Bobby Ingano.
  • Enosa with Kaipo and Bobby.
  • Enosa, Helene, and Bobby.
  • The hands-on steel guitar experience was conducted by Claude Kutaka.
  • NextGen steel guitarist Hiʻipoi Lindsay with Kaipo Asing.
  • Hiʻipoi Lindsay with Kaipo Asing, Bobby Ingano, and Alan Akaka.
  • Hiʻipoi Lindsay
  • Another view of the festival guests.
  • Hiʻipoi with Alan, Helene, Kaipo, and Bobby. Emcee Jake Kuliaikanuʻu Fernandez looks on.
  • Steel guitarists Alan Akaka and Bobby Ingano with Helene Woodward, Larry Holu, and Kaipo Asing.
  • Steel guitarists Alan Akaka and Bobby Ingano with Helene Woodward, Larry Holu, and Kaipo Asing.
  • Alan Akaka and Bobby Ingano.
  • Kaipo Asing and Larry Holu.
  • From left: Isabella Bertelmann, Makamae Lyu-Napoleon, Hiʻipoi Lindsay, Jake Kuliaikanuʻu Fernandez, Bobby Ingano, Helene Woodward, Kaipo Asing, and Alan Akaka.

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