Frequently Asked Questions
- Why a steel guitar camp?
- Who's behind the steel guitar camp?
- What is AECG?
- What is HIMELE?
- How was the camp location chosen?
- What is the cost for the camp?
- Is there a provision for spouses?
- Is a camp class schedule available?
- Can I perform on the Maui Steel Guitar Festival Open Stage?
- Who do I contact for more information?
1. Why a steel guitar camp?
The purpose of the camp is to make available learning opportunities for those individuals wanting to expand their knowledge of the Hawaiian steel guitar, enhance their playability, or learn playing techniques from steel guitar masters. The camp provides live instruction in an intimate learning environment where student and teacher can interact freely.
2. Who's behind the steel guitar camp?
The Arts Education for Children Group and HIMELE, in partnership with the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel are producing the camp. Funding for the camp comes from camp tuition, supplemented by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. See the Festival Staff section below for the individuals responsible for the camp.
3. What is AECG?
Arts Education for Children Group is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Lahaina, HI. AECG is dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment and is committed to improving the quality of education in schools by restoring music programs and restoring public awareness about the importance of participation in music and the arts.
4. What is HIMELE?
HIMELE is the Hawaiian Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) corporation that supports music education and enrichment for people of all ages. HIMELE is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Hawaiian culture and enriching the world with the music and spirit of Hawai'i. HIMELE organizes and sponsors workshops, exhibitions, and cultural festivals where the general public can learn more about the instrument and enjoy the music that accompanies the instrument.
5. How was the camp location chosen?
The Ka'anapali Beach Hotel is the site of the Maui Steel Guitar Festival which will be held immediately after the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp. Camp participants can first expand their knowledge of the Hawaiian steel guitar, then enjoy steel guitar performances from players worldwide: from Hawaii, the continental United States, Japan and New Zealand.
6. What is the cost for the camp?
Camp tuition for the 2015 Mini Camp is $150 for one day, or $200 for two days, per individual. Meals and/or lodging are available from the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel at added cost.
7. Is there a provision for spouses?
There is no provision for class auditing.
8. Is a camp class schedule available?
The 2016 Camp will comprise two morning and one afternoon sessions each day of the camp. Session content will be developed based on the camp participants' interests and abilities.
9. Will I have an opportunity to perform on the Maui Steel Guitar Festival Open Stage?
Open stage sessions at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival has been reserved for individual or group performances by Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp participants.
10. Who do I contact for more information?
Please see the Registration Page for information about travel and hotel reservations.
Please see the Contact Page to submit a question or comment.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp Staff
Arts Education for Children Group
Bryant Neal, Executive Director
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
John White, Director of Sales and Marketing
Alan Akaka, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board
Addison Ching, Camp Coordinator