The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposiums are a series of community-based steel guitar workshops and courses are held at various venues throughout the State of Hawai‘i and elsewhere and at various times throughout the year. These learning experiences are presented to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture with specific emphasis on learning to play the Hawaiian steel guitar. No prior experience is necessary.
The purpose of the symposiums is to make available learning opportunities for those individuals wanting to expand their knowledge of the Hawaiian steel guitar, enhance their playability, or learn playing techniques from steel guitar masters. These symposiums may be targeted to various learning groups and are conducted by steel guitar masters who are known throughout the State of Hawai‘i and are expert in sharing their knowledge and playing techniques with others. The symposiums provide live instruction in an intimate learning environment where student and teacher can interact freely.
Workshop costs vary. Some workshops may be offered at no charge, while tuition for others is nominal and varies for each symposium. Participants should have their own equipment, including a lap steel guitar and a portable amplifier. See the section on recommended equipment for suggestions.
These symposiums are made available to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music.
The Maui Steel Guitar Camp (previously called the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp) has been incorporated into the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium. Galleries and other information from previous Maui camps are now available here.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kona Steel Guitar Festival