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12th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival

Waikoloa Beach Resort presents the 12th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace.

With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the ‘Ukulele Festival spotlights ten performances on two stages, a free workshop with Roy Sakuma and chance to win one of nine top-of-the-line ‘ukulele from Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar and ‘Ukulele Company, theUkuleleSite.com, and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele making demonstrations and lessons will be offered throughout the 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 Waikoloa ‘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, Kings’ Shops, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company, theUkuleleSite.com, and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii, in addition to Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Roberts Hawaii, and Eddie Aikau Restaurant. For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com.

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 and large-scale events in the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.


Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Ali‘i Ballroom

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ‘Ukulele Workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Kings’ Shops Stage

  • 1:00 p.m.         Roy Sakuma’s “Super Keiki” with Nelly Toyama-Baduria and Daniel Baduria
  • 2:00 p.m.         Ohta San and Nando Suan
  • 3:00 p.m.         Hawaii Preparatory Academy Students
  • 4:00 p.m.         ‘AHAmele

Queens’ MarketPlace

  • 2:00-5:30 p.m.
  •  ‘Ukulele Making Demonstration with Bob Gleason
  • ‘Ukulele Lessons with Barnette Fischer and Hanae Okumura
  •  Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society (while supplies last)
  • ‘Umeke Making with Aunty Donna Jensen

Queens MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion

  • 2:00 p.m.         Kona Pacific Public Charter School
  • 2:45 p.m.         ‘AHAmele
  • 3:30 p.m.         Waikoloa School
  • 4:00 p.m.         Ohta San and Nando Suan
  • 5:00 p.m.         Roy Sakuma’s “Super Keiki” with Nelly Toyama-Baduria and Daniel Baduria
  • 6:00 p.m.         The Kupuka‘as

Ukulele Jams – A Benefit for the Victims of the Tsunami in Japan

Media Release:

The Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Incorporated presents ‘Ukulele Jams on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10am-sundown at the Lihikai Hawaiian Cultural Learning Center in Keaukaha. A benefit for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, this free concert features some of the island’s finest musicians including Grammy award-winning artist Keoki Kahumoku, Brittni Paiva, Buddy and Sammi Fo, Konabob Stoffer… and you!

Keoki Kahumoku

‘Ukulele players from beginner to advanced are invited to bring their instrument and participate in a kanikapila like no other. Start with lessons in proper jam etiquette and tuning techniques, then follow along with the aid of visuals and wandering instructors. As performers take the stage, they’ll teach attendees some of their favorite songs, from Hawaiian mele to jazz and everything in between. The list of entertainers grows daily and also includes Andy Andrews of the ‘Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, Keone Turalde, Grammy award-winner Sonny Lim, and Colin John. This unique opportunity to learn from some of the best and make beautiful music is free and open to the public.

Participants can take advantage of free string changing for all 4-string ‘ukulele. In the market for a new ‘ukulele? Custom instruments made and donated by various ‘ukulele builders from Hawai‘i will be available for sale.

Calabash donations to aid relief efforts in Japan will be accepted throughout the day. Participants should bring their own lunch and water, along with a beach chair and of course, their ‘ukulele. If you have a favorite song, bring it along to share, too. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For more information visit KeokiKahumoku.com.

Halau Hula Keao O Kala