HSGA’s 33rd Annual Mainland Festival

Sept 19–21, 2019, Fort Collins, CO


Save the Date! The 2019 HSGA Mainland Festival is scheduled for September 19-21 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins.

Ed Punua studied with Barney Isaacs and has been performing on Kaua’i as well as in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Tahiti and the U.S. mainland.

Since the age of seven, his musical upbringing was encouraged and enhanced by performing in a Polynesian show with his family for the Victor Punua Polynesian Revue. It is there that he gained much experience with Polynesian music as a percussionist. Punua has instructional experience assisting his mother, Kumu Hula Ku’ulei Punua who taught the hula on Kauai for over forty years.

Ed was one of the featured steel guitarists in the 2012 Mele Mei Legends of Steel Concert in Waikiki and was a featured steel guitarist at the 3rd Annual Waikiki Guitar Festival in June, 2012, and most recently at the 2015 Maui Steel Guitar Festival. He was the featured guest at the 2013 Joliet (IL) Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association Festival and will now be this year’s honored guest in Ft. Collins, Colorado.


Room reservations at the Hilton can be made on line or you can call the Hilton directly at (970) 482-2626 and request the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association room block for our discounted rate (our group code is “AHG”).

Festival registration can also be done through BrownPaperTickets – available soon, check back.

Spread the word and tell all of your friends. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in September.

Buy tickets here

The Waikiki Steel Guitar Week

“The Waikiki Steel Guitar Week”, incorporating the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival, is a week-long event celebrating Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian steel guitar.

The annual event will be held at the Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove stage during the week of July 15-20, 2019. The scheduling of the festival provides opportunities for fans of either instrument to expand their music experience by participating in both events. Stay tuned for updates from Alan Akaka for the possibility of opening playing slots for HSGA members.

Ke Kula Mele Hawaii o Akaka
Alan Akaka & the Islanders

32nd Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival – 2018

The 32nd annual Mainland Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival is scheduled for Sept 27–29, 2018.
The Guest of Honor will be the legendary Bobby Ingano!! And we have another very special guest coming this year— Miss Alexis Tolentino, rising star in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar world and recipient of the HSGA scholarship. The Fort Collins Hilton is once again the venue for this not-to-be-missed celebration of Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Stage performances, seminars, jamming, learning, and more. Open to the public! Bring your instrument.
More …

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Videos Now Online
The 31st annual Mainland Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was held September 21-23, 2017.

Check out this one featuring special guest steel guitarist Alan Akaka!
Then visit YouTube and watch them all!

Meet our HSGA President
Frank Della-Penna
Washington DC, US

Frank started on Hawaiian steel guitar at the Harlin Brothers Studio in Indianapolis.  In New York City, Frank studied Hawaiian guitar with vaudville artist Roy Smeck, and nose flute and other Hawaiian rhythm implements under Calvin Ho.  On Okinawa, he studied samisen under Teruya Kinyehi.

In the mid-90’s, Frank hosted and produced a public radio show, devoted to Hawaiian music and culture.  He has a vast library of recordings, ranging from early wax Edison cylinders to CDs.  Frank initiated a visit to the University of Hawaii with Kamaka Tom on behalf of Dirk Vogel to monitor their progress on digitizing the Vogel collection.  Frank is a long-standing member of both HSGA and Aloha International.  He has served on the Board of Govenors for the Hawaii State Society and performed for several years with the Aloha Boys, the Halau O’ Aulani and has performed in the U.S. Capital for the Kamehameha Lei Drapping ceremonies.

As a current HSGA board member, he has brought new members into the club, arranged for the publication of the Inaugural advertisement in the Hawaii State Society ball program, publicized HSGA outside of the U.S. by answering foreign inquiries, drafts Board minutes and serves on the Scholarship Committee.  Frank is passionately commited to expanding the reach of HSGA, to better serving its members, and to fostering HSGA collaboration with other organizations devoted to Hawaiian music and culture around the world.

As an accomplished steel guitarist, Frank teaches steel guitar to young and older musicians alike and frequently performs at steel guitar conventions with great aclaim.  Frank’s favorite guitarists: Isaacs, Ho’opii, Ah See, Feet Rogers, Aiona, Puaonaona Almeida, Kelii, Castro, Pahinui and Bright. He served 6 years in the Marine Corps and retired after 38 years of service in state and federal law enforcement agencies.  Frank resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq.

Must see! On 5/30/17, PBS aired an episode of their American Epic series featuring the story of Joseph Kekuku.   Watch it here!

April 26, 2017—Around the web:

The Legends: Annie Kerr
A nice article about an historical figure in Hawaiian Steel history in SheShreds magazine
Annie was a pioneer for women in Hawaiian music!

Email Safety

Scams 101. Have you recently received an email that appears to be from an HSGA member in need of money for a trip back home or some other strange emergency? This is a common type of scam in which hackers gain access to someone’s email address book (or more recently, Facebook account) and send messages to all of his or her contacts. One of our members has recently found himself the victim of this scam and his friends are receiving emails of this nature. The best course of action is to delete the email immediately.