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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival 2017
Fort Collins Hilton
Fort Collins, CO
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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival 2017
This year's festival will again be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University, Fat Tire beer, and gateway to the northern Rocky Mountains. For 30 years, the Honolulu-based HSGA organization has held this annual mainland gathering where members showcase their musicianship, teach each other, jam, make friends, and listen to world-class Hawaiian Steel guitar. The festival is open to the public.

This year's Guest of Honor is Alan Akaka!

Date: Sept. 21, 22, 23  2017
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Venue :  Hilton Hotel, 425 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Cost: 3-Day Pass for HSGA members is $60, Non-Members $70

Single-Day Member Pass is $20, Non-Members $25.

Students presenting College ID pay $10/Day

The Saturday night Luau is $50 per person. No discounts. Let us know if you are vegan or have other dietary restrictions.

Schedule: (subject to change)
Thursday: Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm, evening 'Talk Story' program
Friday: Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm. No evening program - go have fun and explore Old Town and the city's many excellent restaurants and shops!
Saturday: Steel guitar showcase and Steel guitar seminars - 9am to 4pm, attend as many as you like! There will be:

  • Beginning/Basic C6th Steel with Chris Kennison

  • Advanced Steel, Backups and Fills with Guest of Honor Alan Akaka

  • Ukulele with Stuart Yoshida

  • Slack-Key Guitar with Mark Kahalekulu

  • Hawaiian Language / Olelo with Phil Swain

Saturday evening: Luau at the Hilton. Polynesian-style fare and great entertainment. Open to the publica very nice event.


What is the Steel guitar showcase? Musicians sign up to play a 25 min. set of steel guitar. It's kind of like an open stage but pre-planned, with assigned playing slots each day. HSGA members get priority on all showcase stages, non-members will be assigned a slot to play once all members have been scheduled. (Join HSGA today for only $45!) ALL styles are welcome, but you will hear a lot of Hawaiian music.  This is typically not a pedal steel showcase. The art of Hawaiian-style steel playing on electric lap steels, resonator guitars, and acoustic instruments is the main focus of our event and organization. You will be asked what time slot you'd like to play during checkout on this website. We want you to share your music!

What is the Luau?  A luau will be held on Saturday night with a Polynesian-style dinner, cash bar, and show - $50 per person. Excellent food, and Hawaiian entertainment featuring our guest of honor, Alan Akaka. This is not to be missed.

I need Hotel Reservations, is that included?
Hotel reservations must be made separately. They can be made by calling the Fort Collins Hilton at (970) 482-2626 - mention the HSGA Hawaiian Festival for special block room rates.

OR reserve your rooms online by clicking here.

What is the Playing Schedule?  We don't know yet until folks sign up. Sign up early! We'll normally have a draft schedule sometime in August - watch the website.

Please note that you will be asked for your stage time slot preferences during checkout on this website. We encourage you to play! We want you to share your music.

Playing slots are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll try and take your preferences into account. All stage playing slots are planned and scheduled by the festival committee.  

If you want to do a set on stage during the weekend, please sign up as you purchase your ticket here (you'll see the sign up form during the checkout), or check the HSGA website for sign up information that you can print and mail it. A paper registration form was mailed to all members in the most recent newsletter and it's also available as a PDF by clicking here.

All players will have 25 minutes to perform, and must bring at least two sets of charts for the backup musicians. You will need to round up your own backup folks from volunteers at the festival. Don't worry - there will be many folks willing to play guitar, or uke or bass for you. Or you can bring your own backup folks. AND, all performers MUST purchase either a day or weekend pass.

What AIRPORT do I fly into? DIA in Denver is the fly-to location. Many options exist out of DIA for transport to Ft. Collins. There are shuttle services, and rental cars. We recommend Green Ride out of Ft. Collins.

Can I join HSGA? Please consider becoming a member if you are not. Visit to sign up. Membership gets you a regular quarterly newsletter, priority for stage time at Ft. Collins, and really nice price breaks at our biennial convention event in Honolulu. Next one in 2019.

What to Bring?  The stages will have backline amps, so bring your instrument, cables to plug in, tuner, charts for backup players, your good self and a smile. Colorado in the early Fall can have dramatic weather changes, but it's usually warm during the day, and cold at night. Bring a warm coat if you want to explore the mountains and foothills trails close to town. Elevation in Ft. Collins is 4,982 ft above sea level.


Fort Collins Hilton (View)
425 W. Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526
United States


Education > Workshops
Music > All Ages
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association
On BPT Since: Oct 15, 2011


Linda S.
Idaho Springs, CO United States
Sep 17, 2017 4:49 PM
Larry S.
Idaho Springs, CO United States
Sep 17, 2017 4:49 PM
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Billings, MT United States
Sep 06, 2017 5:58 AM
Carol L.
Billings, MT United States
Sep 06, 2017 5:58 AM
John L.
Billings, MT United States
Sep 06, 2017 5:58 AM
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Billings, MT United States
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