Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Thurs-Sat, Sept 22-24, 2016
Please attend our upcoming festival, September 21-23, 2017
in Fort Collins with special guest Eddie Palama!
In Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University and gateway to the northern Rocky Mountains. For the past 29 years, HSGA has held an annual gathering where members showcase their musicianship, teach each other, jam, and listen to world class Hawaiian Steel guitar. Public invited!
Stage Performances All Day
Seminars ~ Luau & Show
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Visit our facebook page for many photos from the festival!
Festival Guest of Honor... Owana Kaʻōhelelani Salazar
This year we welcomed Owana Kaʻōhelelani Salazar as our special guest artist
for the 2016 HSGA Convention at Ft. Collins, Colorado. It is Owana's second
appearance for the HSGA, her first was at Joliet in 1991. Born into a family immersed in music and Hawaii's royal cultural history, Owana is the seventh
generation great grandniece of King Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the
Hawaiian chiefdoms and founder of Hawaii's kingdom under one rule. Through her royal birthright, she is Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani Kahekili Mahealani-Rose
Princess Owana has a wealth of knowledge of Hawaii's history, culture, and traditions, more specifically regarding the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Hawaiian Kingdom Government. She is a resource and advocate for Hawaiian cultural issues, genealogy, protocol, and land and environmental rights. Owana has served in numerous capacities and is currently fulfilling a five-year term as a member of the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission. She also a licensed real estate agent in Hawaii with Green Realty Group, with successful closings for both buyers and sellers throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Highlighted awards and nominations during her lifetime career and love of music, include two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for her recordings: "Wahine Slack n' Steel" 2003 Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year; "Hula Jazz" 2005 Jazz Album of the Year; and a total of ten Nā Hōkū Hanohano Nominations for all of her recordings which also include "Owana & Kaʻipo IN KONA" 1985 and "Owana" in 1986. Without a doubt, two major highlights include the Grammy winning CDs, featuring Owana Salazar along with other well known Slack Key masters: "Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar" 2008 Hawaiian Music Grammy and "Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar" 2010 Hawaiian Music Grammy.
Throughout her childhood and preteen years, Owana sang at an early age for the
sheer love of music, which eventually led her to become a soprano and soloist for
the Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club. She then furthered her music studies at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa, where she was introduced to playing the
guitar, specializing in Kīhōʻalu, an exclusively Hawaiian style of playing the guitar
with loosened (hōʻalu) keys (kī), known worldwide as, Hawaiian Slack Key or
Kīhōʻalu. In 1992 she graduated Jerry Byrd's Steel Guitar Course under the
personal guidance and tutelage of "the master of touch and tone" for two years,
during which she received a partial scholarship from HSGA. Owana's music
career has taken her extensively throughout Japan, Okinawa, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. She was a soloist with the Royal Hawaiian Band, was three times a featured artist on A Prairie Home Companion, and was the first Hawaiian artist to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Owana has had the privilege of performing with notable greats such as Don Ho, Ed Kenney, Ohta San, Jerry Byrd, Moe Keale, Bla Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, Gabilou of Tahiti, George Kahumoku, Keoki Kahumoku, Daniel Ho, Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Cindy Combs, Brittni Paiva, Jeff Peterson, and more.
Last year, Princess Owana was a special guest artist for the opening of the 2015
exclusive exhibit of rare Hawaiian royal feather works "Nā Hulu Alii" at the
deYoung Museum in San Francisco. Performing with her were her brothers Prince
Kalani and Prince Laʻanui. Owana is also a regular invited artist to the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals and can sometimes be found on Maui performing in "The Slack Key Show" hosted by George Kahumoku. Those performances and others
are available for viewing on YouTube.
On a more personal note, Owana wishes to extend her "aloha nui a me mahalo nui" to all the members and families of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association. She is
very much looking forward to being a part of this upcoming very special HSGA
convention and embracing friends both old and new.
Hilton Fort Collins Hotel, 425 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526
This event has already taken place. See you next year?.
9am - Opening ceremony
Saturday Only! Workshops by HSGA members and guest speakers included with your ticket!
|Saturday Night||Luau in the Main Ballroom $50 per person - tickets available for purchase during the day
6pm Cocktail/social hour with cash bar
7pm Delicious Polynesian style dinner
8pm Duke Ching's Luau Show featuring Owana Salazar
Duke Ching's Saturday Night Luau with Guest Artist Owana Salazar - Not to be missed!
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 the lovely Owana Salazar and the fabulous Duke Ching at 8:00pm. Note: There is a separate $50 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, too, as is the entire festival. Please purchase your ticket online.
Call the Hilton Fort Collins at (970) 482-2626 - mention the HSGA Hawaiian Festival in September for special block room rates. OR reserve your room online. Book by August 26.
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.