The Maui 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. No prior experience on the instrument is required.
The camp, previously known as the "Hawaiian Steel Guitar Camp," is held annually on the grounds of the beautiful Ka'anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina, Maui, the Maui 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 2018 camp is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 11-12, 2018.
The goal of the camp is to have each attendee play class-assigned Hawaiian songs on the Hawaiian steel guitar. 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. Camp attendees will be given individual attention by the instructors to assist with playing skill and technique development. Each day will end with a class kanikapila which campers can hone their performance skills. At the camp's conclusion, all attendees will be able to play the class assigned song on the Hawaiian steel guitar.
The 2018 Camp will be held during the days immediately preceding the annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival. Camp tuition will be announced at a later date. Meals and/or lodging are available from the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel at added cost.