Instructor Daniel Tremblay (left) pictured with graduates of his Waikīkī Community Center steel guitar lesson series.

By Daniel M. Tremblay

The beginning steel guitar lessons at the Waikīkī Community Center were scheduled to be six weeks long but ended up lasting eight weeks due to popular demand from the students. We had six students total, but one of them could not make the scheduled time, so I tutored him in the lobby of my condo.

Lesson materials were graciously provided by Alan Akaka. And the classes would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Bill Thomson who provided the guitar kits, which included a steel guitar, practice amp, tuner, picks, steel bar, guitar cable and music stand, all of which the students eventually purchased at our cost. Bill was the other Kumu who added much to the students’ learning as well.

All of the students progressed very well. So, hopefully we’ll have six more steel guitar players in our future! We’re already working on next year’s group lessons, including some adjustments to the times and location, which would allow younger school-age Keiki to join in.

In this issue:

Fort Collins Guest John Ely
Newsletter Goes “Electronic”
Waikīkī Steel Week Preview
Unloved in its Homeland?
Ka Oiwi Nani
HSGA Japan’s Fourth Biennial Convention
WCC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Lessons a Success!
Polynesian Meatballs Recipe
A “Techno-Tale” From Kona Beach
My Wonderful Years In Music
HSGA Staff & info

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