14th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort presents the 14th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 1.  A free ‘ukulele workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma starts off the day-long celebration—which includes nonstop entertainment and a special appearance by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners “Kapena” with Kelly Boy DeLima.

Roy Sakuma and previous workshop members. PHOTO:  Courtesy Waikoloa Beach Resort

Roy Sakuma and previous workshop members. (Courtesy Waikoloa Beach Resort)

Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini is Master of Ceremonies for the ‘Ukulele Festival,  spotlighting fourteen performances on two stages, with ‘ukulele lessons, demonstrations and giveaways offered throughout the afternoon.

Roy and wife Kathy Sakuma created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.  Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Roy at the ‘Ukulele Festival will be his mentor for over 50 years, Herb “Ohta-San” Ohta, jazz guitarist Nando Suan, and his protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria.  Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Kings’ Shops, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies: KALA, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile’a ‘Ukulele, KoAloha and Ko’olau Pono Guitar & Hawaii Music Supply. For more information, call 808-886-8822 or visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.net.

Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties.  The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs.  For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call (808) 886-8822.

‘UKULELE FESTIVAL:  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  Saturday, March 1, 2014

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Ali`i Ballroom

10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

‘Ukulele Workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele). Free.

Kings’ Shops Center Stage

11:15 a.m., Kris Fuchigami

12 p.m., Kalama Intermediate ‘Ukulele Youth Ensemble

1 p.m., Hawaii Preparatory Academy

2 p.m., Roy Sakuma with Nelly Toyama-Baduria, Daniel Baduria and Nick Acosta

3 p.m., Uncle Uke

4 p.m. Ohta San and Nando Suan

Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion

12 p.m., Waikoloa School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kealakehe Intermediate School

12:45 p.m., Kahikina’s Nahenahe ‘Ohana

1:45 p.m., Kalama Intermediate ‘Ukulele Youth Ensemble

2:30 p.m., Mele ‘Ohana ‘Ukulele Group

3:30 p.m., Brad Bordessa and Anthrophony

4:30 p.m., Roy Sakuma with Nelly Toyama-Baduria, Daniel Baduria and Nick Acosta

5:30 p.m., Kapena with Kelly Boy DeLima

6:30 p.m., Ohta San and Nando Suan

Queens’ MarketPlace 1:00-5:00 p.m.

• ‘Ukulele Making Demonstration with Bob Gleason

• ‘Ukulele Lessons with Aunty Barni Fischer and Aunty Hanae Okumura

• Kala ‘Ukulele Sales

13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival

Waikoloa Beach Resort presents the 13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 2, at Queens’ MarketPlace.  Starting with a free ‘ukulele workshop with Roy Sakuma, the celebration of Hawaii’s favorite  musical instrument includes nonstop entertainment from 12 to 7 p.m., with a special appearance by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner Sean Na‘auao.

 Roy Sakuma performs with his workshop students at the Great Waikoloa 'Ukulele Festival.

Roy Sakuma performs with his workshop students at the Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival.

With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the ‘Ukulele Festival spotlights thirteen performances on two stages, and lots of giveaways.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele making demonstrations and ‘ukulele lessons will be offered throughout the afternoon.

“If you play the ‘ukulele or you just love the music, the ‘Ukulele Festival is a great way to spend the day,” said Margo Mau Bunnell, Queens’ MarketPlace Sales & Operations Manager.  “It’s a real pleasure for us to bring these amazing musicians to Queens’ MarketPlace for everyone to experience—keiki to kupuna.  And, it’s always fun to see so many people come and bring their ‘ukuleles for the free workshop with Roy, stay for lunch and enjoy great Hawaiian music all afternoon.”

Roy and wife Kathy created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.  Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Roy at the ‘Ukulele Festival will be his mentor for over 50 years, Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta, jazz guitarist Nando Suan, and his protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria.  Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies: MGM ‘Ukulele, KALA, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile’a ‘Ukulele, KoAloha and Ko’olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company. For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net.

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.
‘UKULELE FESTIVAL:  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Queens’ MarketPlace Studio
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
‘Ukulele Workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Stage 1: Coronation Pavilion
12:00 p.m.   ‘Aoia!
1:00 p.m.    Na Kupuna O Kona Ali‘i
2:00 p.m.    Kupuka‘as
3:00 p.m.    Kona Pacific Public Charter School
3:30 p.m.    Aidan James
4:00 p.m.    Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki with Nelly Toyama Baduria and Daniel Baduria
5:00 p.m.    Sean Na‘auao
6:00 p.m.    Ohta San and Nando Suan

Stage 2: near Romano’s Macaroni Grill
12:30 p.m.   Kris Fuchigami
1:00 p.m.    Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki with Nelly Toyama Baduria and Daniel Baduria
2:00 p.m.    Benny Uyetake and the Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School ‘Ukulele Band (Maui)
3:00 p.m.    ‘Ukulele Lehulehu
4:00 p.m.    Ohta San and Nando Suan

Queens’ MarketPlace
2:00-5:00 p.m.
‘Ukulele Making Demonstration with Bob Gleason
‘Ukulele Lessons with Aunty Barni Fischer
Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society (while suppl

11th Annual Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Hot licks, cool music and great ‘ukulele giveaways

Media Release:

Waikoloa Beach Resort will present the 11thth Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 5, 1:00-7:00 p.m. at Queens’ MarketPlace.  With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the Festival spotlights ten different performances on two stages, a free workshop with Roy Sakuma and chance to win one of seven top of the line ‘ukulele from Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar and ‘Ukulele Company and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele demonstrations and lessons will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Sakuma and wife Kathy created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.   Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Sakuma at the Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival will be Roy’s protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria, his mentor for over 50 years Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta and jazz guitartist Nando Suan.  In addition, Horace Dudoit, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith, members of the Grammy-nominated band Ho‘okena make a special appearance.

Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii, in addition to Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and Roberts Hawaii.  For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net

Schedule of events, Saturday, March 5

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa:

  • 10:00 a.m.-Noon  ‘Ukulele Workshop. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Queen’s MarketPlace:

  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Making Demonstration by Bob Gleason of Pegasus Guitars & ‘Ukuleles
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Lessons with Auntie Marjorie Spencer
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Umeke Making with Auntie Donna Jensen

Island Gourmet Markets Stage

  • 1:00 p.m.  Auntie Lani Lee & Na Kupuna O Kona Ali‘i
  • 2:00 p.m.  Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki and Nelly Toyama-Baduria
  • 3:00 p.m.  Herb Ohta and Nando Suan
  • 4:00 p.m.  John Keawe
  • 5:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Lehulehu

Coronation Pavilion

  • 2:00 p.m.  The Kupuka‘a’s
  • 3:00 p.m.  Kris Fuchigami
  • 4:00 p.m.  Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki and Nelly Toyama-Baduria
  • 5:00 p.m.  Herb Ohta and Nando Suan
  • 6:00 p.m.  Chris Kamaka, Horace Dudoit and Glen Smith of Ho‘okena

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 contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822