Maui Arts & Entertainment

12th Annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival, Oct. 15

October 10, 2017, 11:42 AM HST
* Updated October 10, 12:36 PM
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The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will host the 12th annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival at the A&B Amphitheater on Sunday, Oct. 15.

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2016 ‘Ukulele Festival at the MACC. PC: Aubrey Hord

Derick Sebastian at the 2016 ‘Ukulele Festival. PC: Aubrey Hord

Paula Fuga at the 2016 ‘Ukulele Festival. PC: Aubrey Hord

Richard Ho‘opi‘i at the 2016 ‘Ukulele Festival. PC: Aubrey Hord

2016 ‘Ukulele Festival. PC: Aubrey Hord

2016 ‘Ukulele Festival at the MACC. PC: Aubrey Hord

Admission is free and the event begins at 1 p.m., with gates opening at 12:30 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes: Willie K & his band, Paula Fuga, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Aidan James, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Derick Sebastian, the Hula Honeys, Andrew Molina, Arlie Asiu, Nelly Buduria, Nick Acosta, Rui Okawa, and Honey Bun and the Coconuts.

There will also be performances by the Aloha Picking ‘Ohana, Kalama Intermediate ‘Ukulele Band, Kamehameha Schools Maui ‘Ukulele Band, and more. Renowned ‘ukulele advocate and teacher, Roy Sakuma, will serve as emcee in celebration of Hawai‘i’s beloved instrument.

‘Ukulele will be featured as door prizes, and the festival also features displays of made-in-Hawaiʻi arts and crafts and island food available for purchase.

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Attendees are encouraged to being low-backed beach chairs or blankets.

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FREE ‘Ukulele Workshop:

Prior to the ‘Ukulele Festival, organizers will host a free ‘Ukulele Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater.

Conducted by Roy Sakuma, the workshop is for students of all ages. Lessons are designed for beginning and intermediate players. It is recommended that students bring their own ‘ukulele and be able to hold C, F, G7 chords. No advance registration is required.

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All participants will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a fine new ‘ukulele, and will be invited to participate in a performance during the festival on Sunday, playing a song they learned in the workshop.

The workshop is presented by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and ‘Ukulele Festival Hawai‘i.

Sorry, no umbrellas or coolers may be brought into the amphitheater, but organizers say there will be plenty options for food and beverages throughout the day.

Questions? Call 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org.

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