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.
‘UKULELE FESTIVAL: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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
‘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