8th Annual International Ukulele Contest and 11th Annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii

By Hawaii.com Team

The contest is part of the two-day of events planned for ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai’i scheduled to return February 9 & 10, 2019

‘Ukulele players of all ages and ability levels will be jazzed to hear about the return of the popular International ‘Ukulele Contest and Hula Show. Aspiring musicians can enter by uploading an unedited video to YouTube with an entry form from the ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii website (www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org/contest/). It is $20 to enter online and entries are currently being accepted through Monday, December 31, 2018.

Please visit the ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawaiʻi website at www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org

The 8th Annual International ‘Ukulele Contest and Hula Show at the International Market Place Queen’s Court Stage is part of ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai’i, a free two-day event open to the public. The contest takes place Saturday, February 9, 2019, featuring amateur ‘ukulele players from across the world competing for prizes from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a hula show to follow.

“Over the years the International ‘Ukulele Contest has had the opportunity to showcase and raise the volume for some truly talented musicians. This includes names like local girls Honoka & Azita who have performed around the world and our 2016 winner, Feng E who recently performed on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” said ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai ‘ i creator and producer Kazuyuki Sekiguchi. “I look forward to listening to and meeting this year’s finalists and to see them continue to take this beautiful instrument to the next level.”

Entries are being accepted in four categories including: solo keiki ages 3 to 11 years old; solo ages 12 – 18; solo ages 19 and older, and group (more than two performers). Six finalists from each division will be selected to compete at the live competition on February 9, 2019. First place for each division will receive an ‘ukulele from Kanilea. The top performer will receive a prize valued at $1,000.

This year’s ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai‘i will feature iconic ‘ukulele musicians from across Hawai‘i and the world, February 9 & 10, 2019. The eleventh annual event celebrates the event’s mission to construct the world’s first ‘ukulele museum in the islands as a symbol of world peace.

The 11th Annual ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai’i will kick-off at 9 a.m. and goes till sunset at the newly constructed Victoria Ward Park at Ward Village (980 Auahi St., between Kamakee St. and Ward Ave.) The free event will offer two stages of live entertainment, each featuring well-known local and international ‘ukulele performers including:

  • Benny Chong and Byron Yasui
  • Boo Takagi (Japan)
  • Bryan Tolentino
  • Dr. Trey
  • Dragon Beat
  • Ebak
  • Herb Ohta Jr.
  • Honoka
  • Iron Mango
  • Jody Kamisato
  • Josh Tatofi
  • Kamakakēhau Fernandez
  • Kapena
  • Kazuyuki Sekiguchi (Japan) and Bryan Kessler
  • Keiko (Japan)
  • Kuʻuipo Kumukahi
  • Lina Lina (Japan)
  • Natalie Ai Kamauu
  • Sam and Sumo Ninja
  • Seiji Katz (Japan)
  • Tegan & Kaylen
  • Tomotaka Matsui (Japan)
  • Wakana Izumi (Japan)

A full list of performers can be found at the ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai’i website: www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org. Guests will also enjoy more than 30 different vendors offering Hawaiian crafts, international food and drinks, activities for kids, a luxury ‘ukulele raffle as well as top ‘ukulele brands showcasing premium ‘ukuleles.

For more information about the International ‘Ukulele Contest and ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai‘i, please visit www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org/en. Also, follow Ukulele Picnic on Twitter, at http://twitter.com/ukulelepicnic, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ukulelepicnichawaii and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/ukulelepicnic.

About ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai‘i

‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai‘i is a free event that uses the ‘ukulele to connect people across the differences of language and race. Since the first event in 2009, more than 5,000 people participate in the event from all over the world each year, increasing awareness about the ‘ukulele, and building a strong following for Hawaiian music. The proceeds from ‘Ukulele Picnic in Hawai‘i will be dedicated to the construction of the ‘Ukulele Museum.

About ‘Ukulele Museum

As an international museum and entertainment center, the ‘Ukulele Museum will bring together ‘ukulele fans from around the world. The museum will contribute to children’s educational development through guest lecturers and field trips to the site as well as provide a venue for musical events and a place of “tranquility” for island residents to gather.

A permanent collection, the history of the ‘ukulele and its contribution to Hawaiian music will be shown. Plans for the museum also include a cafe and gift shop.

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