Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association... encouraging the study, teaching and performance of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar

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The 2013 Honolulu Convention was held Monday, April 29 - Thursday, May 2, 2013. Please check back for information and announcements regarding the next HSGA convention.

Monday and Tuesday were spent in the Peacock Room of the Queen Kapi'olani Hotel. On Wednesday, HSGA provided live steel guitar music at the annual Lei Day Festival in nearby Kapi'olani Park. On Thursday, we held a free concert in the Public Library.

The pre-registration fee covering all days for 2013 was $120 per person. The non-refundable fee included a daily buffet luncheon on Monday and Tuesday and our daily rental fee for the Peacock Room. The hotel requires a minimum attendance in order for us to reserve the facilities, so pre-registration and pre-payment is very helpful. The fee for walk-in registration for 2013 was $15 per day, $40 if ordering lunch. (The lunch price is on a space-available basis as seating is limited.)

Hotel reservations are not included in the convention fee but a very nice group rate was once again offered by the Queen Kapi'olani hotel, which is central to the events listed on this page.

Please feel free to contact Grifford Tom for the latest information regarding this or future conventions. gktom007@yahoo.com; Tel: 808-392-4583 (Honolulu)

Schedule of Activities and Performances for the 2013 Convention


2013 performance schedule

Monday 4/29, 8:30am -3pm
Peacock Room, 3rd Floor, Queen Kapi'olani Hotel. Guests may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring live Hawaiian steel guitar combos on stage. Buffet luncheon provided for pre-registered guests. Walk-in guests may order luncheon on Monday for $40 and only if seats are available.

Tuesday 4/30, 8:30am - 3pm
Peacock Room, Queen Kapi'olani Hotel. Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live Hawaiian steel guitar combos on stage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buffet luncheon provided for pre-registered guests. Walk-in guests may order luncheon on Tuesday for $40 and only if seats are available.

Wednesday 5/1, 9am - 3pm
Selected HSGA performers on stage in concert across the street in Kapi'olani Park. Live music by HSGA from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 84th Annual Lei Day Festival goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Steel soloists need to sign up to perform; please contact Kamaka Tom to be scheduled. Videos from HSGA's Lei Day 2012 Concert on Olelo.net    Video 1 | Video 2Video 3

Thursday, 5/2, 1pm-3pm
Live Hawaiian steel guitar mini-concert in the Waikiki-Kapahulu Library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Open to the public, free admission. No meals provided by HSGA today. Nearby dining from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse "Ala Wai Cafe" and in the Kapahulu Business District.

Venues mentioned are within 5 city blocks of the Queen Kapi'olani. and are accessible by foot or public transportation.
Also around town: "Lei of Stars" evening event on May 1st sponsored by the Hawai'i Music Hall of Fame (Estimated cost $100-125 per person) Information will become available at the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame website. Please note that the Legends of Steel event mentioned on this website previously has been canceled.