Thursday, May 12, 2011

Oahu, Hawaii: 41st Annual Ukulele Festival

Since 1971, Roy Sakuma and his sponsors have been keeping the ukulele alive and well by presenting the Annual Ukulele Festival every July at Kapiolani Park in the heart of Waikiki. The Ukulele Festival is a summer tradition attended and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. By far the largest of its kind in the world, the Ukulele Festival showcases ukulele artists from Hawaii and around the world and an ukulele band of over 800, mostly children. Feel the irresistible magic of the ukulele. Food booths, ukulele displays, ukulele giveaways and more - July 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

For more information, please visit the Ukulele Festival Hawaii website:

http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/

The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments brought to Hawaiʻi by Portuguese immigrants.

The name “ukulele” roughly translates as “jumping flea”, due to the action of one’s fingers playing the ukulele resembling a “jumping flea”. According to Queen Lili’uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).