Why a 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.
Who's behind the camp?
Non-profit organizations Arts Education for Children Group (AECG) and the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) produce the camp. The camp is completely self-funded from camp tuition.
Who is AECG?
Arts Education for Children Group (AECG) 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.
Who 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.
Alan Akaka is the Chairman of the Board of HIMELE.
Addison Ching is HIMELE's Vice-chairman and camp and festival coordinator.
How was the camp location chosen?
THe camp is held at the same location as the annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival. 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 other countries.