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Support From Hawaiʻi’s ʻUkulele Community

The event’s transformation is made possible with the support and advise of Roy Sakuma,co-founder and host of Ukulele Festival Hawaii for 52 consecutive years.

“On behalf of Ukulele Festival Hawaii, we congratulate Kazuyuki and the ʻUkulele Foundation of Hawaii on celebrating 15 years of sharing their love and passion for the ‘ukulele with Hawaii and the world,” said Roy and Kathy Sakuma. “For 52 years, it has been our mission to spread laughter, love and joy through the ‘ukulele and we are thrilled that Ukulele Foundation of Hawaii will perpetuate the ukulele through their newly named ʻUkulele Picnic Presents International ʻUkulele Festival of Hawaiʻi.”

Through shared passion and respect, the friendship between Sekiguchi and Sakuma exemplifies the unifying power of music and their shared vision of bringing people together from all over the to celebrate Hawaiʻi’s beloved instrument.

About Kazuyuki Sekiguchi and Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii

Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, a founding member of Japan’s Southern All Stars, has left an indelible mark on the music scene, shaping the band’s distinctive sound and captivating audiences across generations. While his contributions to Southern All Stars are legendary, Sekiguchi’s musical journey took a new turn in 1991 after his fateful meeting ʻukulele master, Herb Ohta, sparking a deep passion for the ʻukulele.

Inspired by Ohta’s mastery, Sekiguchi traveled from Japan to Hawaiʻi to see Ukulele Festival Hawaii for the first time, setting the stage for his lifelong ʻukulele passion. It was there that he sought lessons from Sakuma, solidifying Sakuma’s pivotal role as his mentor. Sekiguchi’s deep respect for Sakuma’s expertise has remained unwavering throughout his career.

In 2009, Sekiguchi’s ʻUkulele Foundation of Hawaiʻi launchedthe free “Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii,” with it’s mission of “bringing people together through ʻukulele.” This marked a significant milestone in his dedication to promoting ʻukulele culture. Annually attracting over 5,000 attendees from around the world, it was a celebration to appreciate the beauty of the ʻukulele and express gratitude and respect for all Hawaiian music.

In 2022, his commitment to spreading the joy of ʻukulele music culminated in the formation of the 1933 Ukulele All Stars featuring esteemed artists such as Takagi Boo, Nomura Yoshio, Oginome Yoko, YANAGIMAN, Kimiko Wakiyama, and YuHatakeyama. Through his multifaceted career, Sekiguchi continues to inspire and influence musicians and fans alike, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of music.

About Roy Sakuma

Innovative, inspirational, warm, funny and kind are all words used to describe Roy. In over 55 years of teaching the ʻukulele, he has been all of these things and more in his role as teacher, producer, promoter and inspiration to thousands of students and the island community.
In the 1960′s, as America’s youth latched onto the larger, louder, more swaggering guitar, the little instrument from Hawaiʻi was relegated to the attic. Roy knew the instrument’s true worth. And so for more than 50 years, with his wife Kathy, and their staff of instructors and supporters, his mission has been to spread the joy of the ukulele teaching students and promoting the annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii, the world’s first and original ukulele festival.

Our Concept of International Ukulele Festival

International Ukulele Festival of Hawaii was founded by the renowned Japanese musician & Ukulele music scene pioneer in Japan, Kazuyuki Sekiguchi from the band Southern All Stars. From the inaugural picnic in 2009, it has attracted more than 5000 people, and has become a fun music event for whole family.

What is Ukulele Foundation?

The Ukulele Foundation of Hawai`i is a non profit organization (501 (c)3 public charity) whose primary objective is to support music in education, as well as various charities and arts throughout Hawai`i, Japan and throughout the world through collective interest and awareness of the ukulele.
The mission of the Ukulele Foundation of Hawai`i is to establish an ukulele museum that will facilitate social, educational and cultural activities in a friendly environment that perpetuates happiness and joy of the ukulele.
Since its incorporation in October 2007, the foundation has hosted six big fundraising events.
At the event, Foundation sells food, T-shirts and donated items to raise money.

About ‘Ukulele Museum

As an international museum and entertainment center, the ‘Ukulele Museum will bring together ‘ukulele fans from around the world. The museum will contribute to children’s educational development through guest lecturers and field trips to the site as well as provide a venue for musical events and a place of “tranquility” for island residents to gather.

A permanent collection, the history of the ‘ukulele and its contribution to Hawaiian music will be shown. Plans for the museum also include a cafe and gift shop.

Donation

If you like what we are doing, please support us by making donation online, or by mail, or to our donation box at the following locations.

  • PoePoe Hawai’i
For fully tax deductible donation information,
please contact us. Mahalo for your support.

How to Enjoy

International ‘Ukulele Festival of Hawai’i will be full of fun and joy. We will have great entertainment, world-wide ukulele booths, and ono foods! Here are some of the images of booths you can enjoy on the day of the festival. We hope it will give some ideas to enjoy the day for those who will be there!

EVENT OUTLINE

Title:International Ukulele Festival of Hawaii 2024
Date and Time:Saturday, July 27, 2024 9:30AM – 6:00PM
Place:Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park, Honolulu, HI