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 hundreds of members across the world! Complete the application now Membership Application
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. With membership you can read the newsletters on line, printed and mailed newsletters are $5.00 per year. The HSGA Membership year is July 1 – June 30. Returning members must renew their memberships each year on July 1; renewal is not automatic. Submit a renewal payment.
What’s included in my membership?
Members and associate members receive our quarterly newsletter and lodging discounts at our biennial convention in Waikiki, Hawai’i and Fort Collins, Colorado.
Our Quarterly Newsletter
Four times a year — Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring — HSGA produces a 16-20 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!”
Our Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
For the past 31 years, HSGA has held an annual convention for its members each Fall. Members come to Fort Collins, Colorado, from all over the world for three 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. The convention ends with a Hawaiian luau with Polynesian-style dinner and entertainment. Members get room rates at the Hilton Fort Collins, where the festival takes place. The public is welcome and encouraged to come listen to our Steel Guitar Showcase, as HSGA members play on stage.
Watch videos of performances on YouTube.
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.