41st Annual Ukulele Festival
Friday, July 8, 2011
By Caroline Wright
The mellow sound of the ukulele can evoke paradise almost instantly.
With just a few languid notes, it's easy to summon blissful scenes of emerald waters against white sand, gently swaying palms, and a sun-kissedsense of well-being.
In the hands of growing numbers of talented, inventive musicians, the little guitar, introduced in the islands in 1879 by Portuguese cabinetmakers, has evolved as a dynamic, versatile instrument that can add excitement to almost any genre or style.
Date(s)/Time: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 9:00 am - 2:30
Location: Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki, Oahu
Contact: Roy or Kathy Sakuma, 732-3739
Cost: FREE Duration: One day, five and a half hours
Who Will Love This: Families, ukulele and guitar music lovers
A world-class assembly of ukulele artists will perform at the 41st ANNUAL UKULELE FESTIVAL on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki, Oahu. The event is free, family-friendly, and filled with musical and other treats.
This year's festival kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with a very special performance by Roy Sakuma & Danny Kaleikini. More than five hours of music will follow, including appearances by renowned local ukulele artists Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta, Ho`okena, and Nick Acosta.
Also featured will be Italian virtuoso Jontom, the Australian ensemble Ukastle Ukestra, Yuji Igarashi & "Kolohe" Imamura from Japan, famed Taiwanese artist Singto Namchok, and American ukelele sensation Victoria Vox. The Sunset Strummers, a mostly-senior group, are back by popular demand.
Some of the instrument's top luthiers and craftsmen will be present. On-the-spot lessons will be available for players at all skill levels.
Families will want to check out event founder Roy Sakuma's 700? Ukelele Ensemble, as well as appearances by the Wipeout Children's Group, Keiki Ukulele Children's Group, and Crusader Children's Group. Tasty treats, including some ono local favorites, will be available from Leonard's Malasadas, K Korean BBQ, Time 2 Grind, Taste of the Wild!, Kiani's Da Original Guava Chicken, Jamba Juice, Dippin Dots, Panda Express. Free shuttle service will be available from Kapiolani Community College all day.
The festival's official music schedule will end with a performance by electrifying, internationally renowned ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. It's a perfect way to end a celebration of the little guitar that has given the world so much pleasure.
Check back on our site for scenes from the event.
- Park Shore Waikiki offers you beachfront location without the beachfront prices!
- From $1,065 - 8 Nt. Oahu & Maui Package w/Air, Hotel, Transfer & Taxes
- From $1,403 - Big Island + Kauai + Maui Island Hopping Trip: 9 Nights Incl. Air, Transfers, Hotels, Breakfast & Taxes
- Come and be part of history at surfing’s ultimate experience with one of our special package offers. VIP access is only the beginning...
- Save up to 50% on your car rental with major USA car companies - Discount Hawaii Car Rental
- Breathtaking views at Honolulu's tallest hotel, Aqua Skyline at Island Colony - just $89
- Hilton Waikiki Beach - $170
- Free additional driver with Discount Hawaii Car Rental
- Make a Play Date with a Dolphin at Dolphin Quest Hawaii or Oahu
- Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Quest Oahu from $225
Hawaiian Airlines: Special Offers
- $655+ Hawaii January Sale –$100 off + FREE Convertible SUV or Minivan Rental
- Come be a part of history – VIP access is only the beginning
- Free Unlimited Golf in October at Turtle Bay this Golftober.