One of the top music shops in the state, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in the Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion. Music lovers can enjoy free mini-concerts, a live remote by KAPA radio, and the chance to win guitars, ‘ukulele and other prizes, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The outstanding entertainment lineup includes 2010 Clyde Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest winner, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Ali‘i Keana‘aina and his hālau, Kaleilaniakeali‘i Hula Studio, plus the 2016 Junior Hawaiian Idol Michael Hanato, and Robert Yates, “Uncle ‘Uke” himself, in a special appearance.
“We’re giving away two guitars, one on the radio and one at the Grand Opening,” said Yates. “These are two complete ‘gig packs,’ with electric guitar, amp, and all the cords and straps you need. And we’ll have at least four ‘ukulele from some of our favorite brands, and other merchandise from the store.”
With decades of experience building and playing instruments, Yates has connected with some of the best luthiers in Hawai‘i and across the planet. As a result, his shop is a showroom for in-demand brands like Kala, Kamoa, Koaloha and Pono ‘ukulele, plus Cordoba, Guild, Prestige, Jose Ramirez and Breedlove guitars.
Since it opened this spring, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar has become one of Kala Music’s “Custom Elite Vendors.” The status allows them to carry Kala’s custom-made instruments, available nowhere else in Hawai‘i.
“We are able to order unique, one-of-a-kind ‘ukuleles from Kala, like the ‘21 Pilots’ ‘Ukulele,” said Yates. “They are one of the hottest bands in the country, now sponsored by Kala. Theirs uses a combination of three different tone woods for an incredible sound.”
“We also have a really nice lap steel by Iseman, the leading lap steel builder in the world. We have a ‘lute-ulele,’ a ‘Baroque-ulele,’ and a ‘balalaika-lele.’ These are custom instruments you won’t see anywhere else.”
In addition to their collection of upper-echelon, professional instruments, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar offers more affordable lines for beginners and everyday enthusiasts. The shop also features a large selection of sheet music, CDs and DVDs, quality strings, picks, tuners, instrument cases, stands, humidifiers and much more.
For more information, visit www.hawaiian-ukulele.com or call 315-2919.
Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.
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