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Top Hawaii musicians to perform at free Maui Ukulele Festival

By Staff | Oct 10, 2013

Bring low-back beach chairs or a blanket for a relaxing afternoon on the lawn with friends and family at the Maui Ukulele Festival. PHOTO BY AUBREY HORD.

KAHULUI – Enjoy island music by acclaimed ukulele musicians at the eighth annual Maui Ukulele Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Pavilion/Amphitheater. Admission is free.

Roy Sakuma, Oahu’s renowned ukulele teacher who started the first and original ukulele festival in 1971, will serve as emcee to help the Maui community celebrate Hawaii’s beloved instrument.

The lineup includes Herb Ohta San and Nando Suan, Richard Ho’opi’i, Willie K, Paula Fuga, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Brittni Paiva, the Hula Honeys, Derick Sebastian, Aidan James, Tamlyn Tamura, Nelly and Daniel Baduria, Nick Acosta, Andrew Molina, Kalama Intermediate School Ukulele Band under the direction of Benny Uyetake, and Seabury Hall’s Hawaiian Ensemble led by instructor Jon Toda.

There will be hula with Kumu Napua Greig and Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, and more than a dozen fine ukulele will be given away as door prizes.

The event will also feature displays of made-in-Hawaii arts and crafts and “ono-licious” island foods available all afternoon.