Who's Eligible for Membership?
One of our goals is to develop a global network of players and lovers of traditional Hawaiian music. Membership is open to all steel guitar players (both amateur and professional) and non-players who support the performance, promotion, and perpetuation of Hawaiian steel guitar music. We have over 600 members worldwide! Complete the application now!
How much does it cost?
Annual dues are $30 USD for a single member. In addition, members can purchase an Associate Membership for a spouse or family member for an additional charge of $10. This Associate Member is entitled to discounts at certain HSGA functions (convention hotel rates, for example). The HSGA Membership year is July 1 - June 30. Returning members must renew their memberships each year; renewal is not automatic. Submit a payment.
What's included in my membership?
Members receive our quarterly newsletter and lodging discounts at our biennial convention in Waikiki, Hawai'i. Please read our bylaws.
Our Quarterly Newsletter
Four times a year -- Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring -- HSGA produces a 16 to 20 page magazine for members filled with steel guitar news, members views, steel player profiles, teaching articles, events calendar, reviews of recordings and books, Hawaiiana and photos of HSGA players. Each issue contains steel guitar instructional tips and a tablature Hawaiian Steel song arrangement by such steel guitar notables as Alan Akaka, L.T. Zinn and John Ely. HSGA members are encouraged to submit opinions, event information, gossip, photos, and "watevah" to the quarterly editor John Ely. Remember, "This is YOUR magazine -- come, use it!"
Discounts at our Annual Joliet Convention!
In the past, HSGA has held an annual convention for its members each Fall, in Joliet, Illinois, a short distance from Chicago. More than 150 members come from all over the world for four fun and festive days of steel playing and camaraderie. Guest steel guitar artists from Hawai`i are invited to add an authentic "sound of the Islands" to the daily "show time". Each year the convention ends with a huge Hawaiian luau! Members get hotel discounts, and other member activities are planned in the beautiful and historic Heritage Corridor where Joliet is located.
Biennial Hawai`i Convention!
In May of odd-numbered years, the HSGA holds an additional Hawai`i convention at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki where HSGA members receive special hotel rates. The Queen Kapiolani Hotel is located just one block from the beach! For this gathering, HSGA programs a full week of public steel guitar concerts on the island of Oahu, starting with the free-to-the-public Hawaiian Steel Guitar Ho`olaule`a which features an international All Star group of some of the world's finest Hawaiian steel players. Members have "play days" of their own around the Island, and three full days of steel playing at the hotel.