Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase

Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival - July 15, 2023 - Part 1

The 3rd Annual Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival was held on Saturday, July 15, 2023. The festival was incorporated into the weeklong Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week. The morning session emcees were Monte McComber and Kimo Kahoano. The event began at 11:00 AM HST, was livestreamed, and featured steel guitarists Steve Cheney, Kapono Lopes, Greg Sardinha and Po‘okela, Billy Cardine, and Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz.

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  • Emcee Monte McComber kicks off the festival. Steve Cheney is the first performer.
  • Co-emcee Kimo Kahoano says a few words.
  • Monte McComber is the Royal Hawaiian Center's Cultural Director.
  • Featured steel guitarist Steve Cheney with Helene Woodward, Alan Akaka, Kaipo Asing, and Joseph Zayac.
  • Alan Akaka on ʻukulele.
  • Steve Cheney.
  • Backup musician Helene Woodward on upright bass.
  • Steve Cheney with Kaipo Asing.
  • Backup musician Joseph Zayac on guitar.
  • Backup musician Kaipo Asing on ʻukulele.
  • Steve Cheney.
  • Alan Akaka on backup ʻukulele.
  • Alan Akaka, Steve Cheney, Kaipo Asing, and Joseph Zayac.
  • Featured steel guitarist Kapono Lopes with Helene, Alan, Kaipo, and Joseph.
  • Kapono Lopes with Alan Akaka.
  • Helene, Alan, Kapono, and Kaipo.
  • Kapono Lopes with Alan Akaka.
  • Helene, Alan, and Kapono.
  • Alan and Kapono.
  • Featured steel guitarist Greg Sardinha with Dennis ʻʻBlaʻʻ Keohokālole and Kata Maduli.
  • Some of the festival guests.
  • Greg and his group Poʻokela (Dennis ʻʻBlaʻʻ Keohokālole and Kata Maduli).
  • Dennis ''Bla'' Keohokālole on guitar.
  • Bla and Greg.
  • Kata Maduli.
  • Bla and Greg.
  • Greg Sardinha.
  • Featured steel guitarist Billy Cardine from North Carolina with Mary Lucey on upright bass, also from North Carolina, and Joseph Zayac on guitar.
  • Mary Lucey.
  • Mary Lucey and Billy Cardine.
  • Mary, Billy, and Joseph.
  • Joseph Zayac.
  • Billy Cardine.
  • Mary Lucey on upright bass with Billy Cardine and Joseph Zayac.
  • Billy Cardine switching from an acoustic steel to a frypan.
  • Mary, Billy, and Joseph.
  • Featured steel guitarist Geronimo ''Geri'' Valdriz with Helene Woodward, Alan Akaka, Kaipo Asing, and Joseph Zayac.
  • Geri performs barefoot wherever possible.
  • Geri Valdriz with Alan Akaka.
  • Geri playing a frypan steel guitar.
  • Alan and Geri.
  • Helene, Alan, and Geri.

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