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The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp is an intensive, multi-day enrichment experience with the Hawaiian (lap) Steel Guitar. Learn about this instrument, so very important to Hawaiian culture, which almost became extinct. Learn how to play, what to play, and when to play from professional steel guitar masters.

Held on the grounds of the beautiful Ka'anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina, Maui, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp will lead into the Maui Steel Guitar Festival that will be held the weekend after the camp, also at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. The 2017 camp curriculum is still under development, but the camp is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 26-27, 2017.

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp is presented by the Arts Education for Children Group, HIMELE, and the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.

Three intensive Hawaiian steel guitar sessions (two in the morning and one in the afternoon) will be conducted on each day by Alan Akaka and Greg Sardinha, two of Hawaii's great steel guitar masters. Each day will end with an evening kanikapila which campers can participate in to hone their performance skills or just sit back and watch the performances.

The 2017 Camp will be held during the days immediately preceding the annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival. Camp tuition has not yet been finalized. To encourage students to participate in the event, camp scholarshps are available from the Arts Education for Children Group, one of the camp's sponsors. Meals and/or lodging are available from the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel at added cost.