Free festival celebrates Hawaii’s beloved ukulel
KAHULUI – Enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the lawn as acclaimed ukulele musicians fill the air with island music at the free Maui Ukulele Festival in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater on Sunday, Sept. 30, from
1 to 6 p.m. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.
Renowned ukulele advocate and teacher Roy Sakuma will serve as emcee to help celebrate Hawaii’s beloved instrument.
This year’s lineup includes Kris Fuchigami, Arlie Asiu, Mika Kane, Willie K, Paula Fuga, Andrew Molina, Arlie Asiu, Halemanu, The Hula Honeys, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Brittni Paiva, Kalama Intermediate Band, Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble, Nick Acosta, Two Sisters, Roy Sakuma Super Keiki and more
Fine ukulele will be featured as door prizes, and the festival also features displays of made-in-Hawaii arts and crafts and “ono-licious” island foods available for purchase.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, an Ukulele Workshop will be held in the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
This fun workshop conducted by Roy and Kathy Sakuma is geared for all ages, child to adult, beginning to intermediate players. Students must be able to hold C, F and G7 chords and bring their own ukulele, notepaper and pencil.
Attendees will participate in Sunday’s Ukulele Festival with a song learned in the workshop, and someone will win a fine new ukulele.
Workshop admission is free, and reservations are not required.