The HSGA Scholarship Fund provides assistance to promising steel guitar students in their studies with acknowledged masters of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please use the PayPal button below to donate an amount of your choice. All donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated – thank you!

Daryl Brooke
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association

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There were HSGA scholarship students performed at the 5th annual Hawai’i Island Steel Guitar Festival. The annual festival sponsored by HIMELE (Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences) featured many of the best pro players as well as Alan Akaka’s Nextgen students.

Four of the five NextGen students performing are HSGA scholarship students.

Isabella Bertelmann
Hi‘ipoi Lindsey
Enosa Lyman
Makamae Lyu-Napoleon

The performance was livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube. NextGen steel guitar students of Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i School of Hawaiian Music performed for festival attendees’ enjoyment during the Open Stage and Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a programs.

The NextGen performance block was on Saturday the 16th from 1-2:10 P.M. HST(Hawaii Standard Time). If you missed the live broadcast don’t worry. The video recordings are still available.

Isabella Bertlemann – Scholarship recipient

Isabella often saw boys and men playing the steel guitar. It wasn’t till she saw Mālie Lyman and Ho’ ailona Mahuka (of the Barney Isaacs family, that she saw girls play the steel guitar and this was the inspiration for her to ask Kumu Alan Akaka to take lessons.

Ho’ailona Mahuka playing the Hawaiian steel guitar and singing. Her steel guitar scholarship is with Kumu Alan Akaka.

circling the globe!

Videos: Scholarship recipient Alexis Tolentino performs with Alan Akaka.
Bottom: Young students of Mr. Hong Yishi perform in Du Ying’s steel guitar program. Shanghai, China, 2004.

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To apply for a Hawaiian Steel Guitar player scholarship
please complete these forms:

Scholarship application

Scholarship agreement

Music teacher agreement

Non-profit Organization Statement of Purpose:

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association is a registered, nonprofit educational corporation in the State of Hawai`i under IRS tax code 501(c)(3). Its purpose is to develop a global communications network of players and lovers of traditional Hawaiian music and to encourage the study, teaching, performance, and manufacture of the Steel Guitar. Its primary financial goal is to provide scholarship assistance through donations and bequests to steel guitar students who demonstrate the ability and intent to become accomplished performers.

HSGA Scholarship Fund Resolution as adopted September 2017.pdf