Ukulele Festival Resonates in Waikoloa

Ukulele Festival Resonates in Waikoloa

On Saturday, March 6, the 10th Annual Great Waikoloa `Ukulele Festival will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Held at Queens' Marketplace on the Big Island of Hawai`i, the event will feature legendary "Ambassador of Aloha" Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies. The festivities will include ten different performances on two stages, a free workshop with `ukulele master Roy Sakuma, and a chance to win a prized `uku from KoAloha.

[Editor's Note: B on Hawaii publisher Brian Berusch wrote this month's HI Luxury magazine cover story which features an interview with Kaleikini; see newsstands for a copy].

Other performers include Sakuma protegé Nelly Toyama-Baduria, who is one-fourth of the all-girl group "Joy". Toyama-Baduria has been studying music since she was 5 years old, and has performed in Disneyland, Japan and Europe. Other headliners include Herb Ohta, who will play with jazz guitarist Nando Suan. Ohta has printed over 100 albums and recorded over 6,000 songs, which range from Hawaiian standards to rock and jazz. Troy Fernandez, formerly of the Ka`au Crater Boys, will also perform.

Those participating in the free workshops are encouraged to bring their instruments to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott at 10:00 a.m. From 2:00 p.m. onward, Bob Gleason of Pegasus Guitars and Ukuleles will demonstrate how his fine instruments are crafted; Auntie Marjorie Spencer will give lessons, and there will be a lei making session.

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