The Annual Ukulele Festival is a summer tradition in Hawaii, with free annual ukulele festivals on Oahu, the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. It has grown internationally and is by far the largest ukulele festival of its kind in the world, with crowds of thousands, guest artists from around the world and an ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children.
Approximately 20,000 locals and tourists enjoy the festivals that last about 5 hours each and where 100 ukulele are given away. Performers include ukulele artists and celebrities from Hawaii and the world including Japan, Canada, England, Guam, the mainland U.S. and an ukulele band of over 800, mostly children. Grammy Award pop singer, James Ingram and Jack Johnson have highlighted the festivals. Jazz saxophonist Gabe Baltazar, Santana’s bass player Benny Rietveld, drummer Noel Okimoto and the late jazz guitarist Howard Roberts have guest appeared with the Festival’s ukulele band. The ukulele unites everyone in friendship and appreciation by the simple and pure melodies of this remarkable instrument.
Dates & locations:
44th Annual Ukulele Festival
Sunday, July 20, 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kapiolani Park Bandstand
in Waikiki, Oahu
14th Annual Waikoloa Ukulele Festival
Saturday, March 1, 2014
11:15 am – 7:00 pm
Waikoloa Beach Resort (Big Island)
9th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival
Sunday, October 12, 2014
1:00 – 6:00 pm
Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Kahului, Maui