The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) will celebrate the musical tradition of Hawai'i's favorite instrument at the 8th Annual Maui 'Ukulele Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The public is invited to bring low-backed lawn chairs or blankets to roll out onto the lawn of A&B Amphitheater and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of island music from 1 to 6 p.m. with highly acclaimed musicians on the stage of Yokouchi Pavilion. Admission is free!
Renowned 'ukulele advocate and teacher Roy Sakuma will serve as emcee, introducing the event's many talented 'ukulele players.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) will celebrate the musical tradition of Hawai’i’s favorite instrument at the 8th Annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Photo: Aubrey Hord
In the lineup this year: Herb Ohta San & 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.
Also, there will be hula with Kumu Napua Greig and Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka.
Door prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon, including more than a dozen finely crafted 'ukulele provided by by Kamaka 'Ukulele, Koaloha 'Ukulele, Ko'olau/Pono 'Ukulele, Kanilea/Islander 'Ukulele, Kala 'Ukulele and Mele 'Ukulele.
There will be displays of made-in-Hawai'i arts and crafts, plenty of "'ono-licious" island food and a variety of beverages available for purchase. (No outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed.)
A warmup to the main event, a free 'Ukulele Workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the McCoy Studio Theater from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roy and Kathy Sakuma will conduct the workshop for students of all ages--children to adults. Lessons are designed for beginning and intermediate players--the only requirements are that a student can hold C, F and G7 chords.
Students should bring their own 'ukulele, notepaper and a pencil. All participants will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a finely crafted 'ukulele. No pre-registration is necessary.