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The 29th Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was held
Oct 1-3, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado

This year's festival will once again be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University and gateway to the northern Rocky Mountains. For the past 28 years, HSGA has held an annual gathering where members showcase their musicianship, teach each other, jam, and listen to world class Hawaiian Steel guitar. The festival is open to the public.


Read the festival preview article from the recent HSGA newsletter.

Saturday Night Luau is back!


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Festival Guest of Honor... Duke Kaleolani Ching



Hilton Fort Collins Hotel, 425 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Schedule (subject to change)




Steel Guitars on Stage feat. HSGA members - 9am to 4pm
      9am - Opening ceremony
8pm: "Talk Story" with our Guest of Honor Duke Ching
Evening jam sessions

Steel Guitars on Stage feat. HSGA members - 9am to 4pm
      9am - General Membership Meeting
No evening program planned... enjoy an evening in Fort Collins

Steel Guitars on Stage feat. HSGA members - 9am to 4pm
Steel guitar, slack key, ukulele, Hawaiian language and hula workshops led by Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association members and friends... see workshop list below

6pm cocktail/social hour with cash bar
7pm Polynesian style dinner
8pm Luau Show featuring Duke Ching



$50 buys you a complete 3-day festival pass, including all stage performances, talk story, seminars and jam sessions. This does not include meals, lodging, or the luau on Saturday night (tickets sold separately).

STUDENT PASSES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $10/DAY OR $25 for 3-DAY PASS. Luau excluded. Please bring your college ID.

Advanced registration is now closed, but you may buy tickets at the door. Daily admission of $20/day at the door. Luau tickets are sold separately at a cost of $35 per person, available in advance or during the festival.

If you wish to play on stage, you must register in advance.


Steel Guitars on Stage in the Green & Gold Room
Musicians sign up to play a 25 minute set of steel guitar. It's kind of like an open stage - but pre-planned with assigned playing slots each day. HSGA members get priority on all showcase stages. All styles are welcome, but you will hear a lot of Hawaiian music. We want you to share your music. This is typically not a pedal steel showcase. The art of Hawaiian style steel playing on electric lap steels, resonator guitars, and acoustic instruments is the main focus of our event and organization.

Playing slots are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll take preferences into account. All Saturday slots are filled by the festival committee based on past performances at HSGA. We try and put our best foot forward on Saturday! This schedule may change as we approach the festival date.

If you want to do a set on stage during the weekend please sign up as you purchase your ticket, or use the registration form included with your HSGA newsletter Spring 2015 Edition. All players will have 25 minutes to perform, and must bring at least two sets of charts for the backup musicians. You will need to round up your own backup folks from volunteers at the festival. There will be many folks willing to play guitar, uke or bass for you. You can bring your own backup folks. However, all performers will need to purchase either a day or weekend pass.

Saturday Seminars/Workshops in the Legend Room

  Slack Key Guitar with Mark Kahalekulu
Join Mark Kahalekulu for an introduction to the history and art of Slack Key Guitar. If you enjoy playing acoustic guitar and have never tried open tunings, Slack Key is a great place to start! Mark is a master.
  Ukulele Roots with Stuart Yoshida. Discover the music and history of the ukulele in traditional songs and Hawaiian language. Beginners welcome!
  Beginning Hula with Janna Yoshimoto
Learn the history of this unique dance style, and learn basic moves and gain insight into the art of Hula. Wear comfortable clothes and clean socks :) You will learn a song to dance at the Saturday Night Luau!
  C6 Steel Techniques with Chuck Lettes
Learn C6 tuning steel techniques with Denver steel guitarist Chuck Lettes. We will focus on some methods for arranging songs. The study song will be "Beyond The Reef." Bring your steel/ amplified headphones if you wish, or just enjoy listening! Download the arrangement now.
2pm   Hawaiian Language with Phil Swain
Here's a great opportunity to learn correct pronunciation of Hawaiian language and lyrics! Phil Swain composes songs in Hawaiian, and comes from Kauai. He went to school in Honolulu and lives a performs in Colorado.


The Saturday Night Luau - Not to be missed!
The traditional HSGA Saturday night Luau and Floor show is happening again this year! Join us at 6 for pre-luau musical entertainment, cash bar and social hour. At 7:00 enjoy a Polynesian-style dinner, then sit back and enjoy the Luau Floor Show starring none other than the fabulous Duke Ching at 8:00. Note: There is a separate $35 charge for the luau. Luau admission is not included with your festival registration. Luau tickets are available for purchase in advance and during the festival. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest Aloha wear! Lots of fun - do NOT miss it. Luau is open to the public. Please purchase your ticket online.

Hotel Reservations
Call the Hilton Fort Collins at (970) 482-2626 - mention the HSGA Hawaiian Festival in Oct for special block room rates. OR reserve your room online. Book by September 4!

DIA in Denver is the fly-to location. Many options exist out of DIA for transport to Ft. Collins. There are shuttle services, and rental cars.

Green Rides Airport Shuttle
Transportation to and from the airport to the Hilton. Reserve your ride online now or call them at 970-226-5533 and mention the HSGA Steel Event.

Can I join HSGA?

Please consider becoming a member of HSGA if you are not. Membership gets you a regular quarterly newsletter and price breaks at convention hotels and events.