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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:51 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Steel-guitar stars converge for convention April 24

Advertiser Staff

The steel guitar will be king when the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Assocation presents its 2007 bi-annual convention April 24 through 27 at the Queen Kapi'olani hotel.

Amateur and professional Hawaiian steel guitar musicians will perform from 8:35 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at the hotel's 'Akala Ballroom, intended for participating performers.

Admission is $10 per day, $26 for a luncheon buffet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free public concerts slated:

i "'Ahamele Kiki Kila," from 1 to 3 p.m. April 28, at Waikiki Kapahulu Library. Local and visiting Hawaiian steel guitar musicians will perform.

i "2007 Jerry Byrd Ho'olaule'a Concert," from 1 to 5 p.m. April 29, at the Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse's second floor ballroom. The tribute to the late Jerry "Manu" Byrd, noted steel guitarist, will feature Duke Kaleolani Ching, Kiyoshi "Lion" Kobayashi, Tom Tohma and Alan Akaka.

i "Ho'okani Kika Kila," from noon to 4 p.m. May 1, at Kapi'olani Park. A concert that's part of the city's Lei Day contest celebration, with HSGA musicians performing steel favorites.

Information: 392-4583.