Ukulele Festival on Oahu

If you love the sweet sounds of the ukulele, make your way down to Kapiolani Park this Sunday for the 41st Annual Ukulele Festival. A fun thing to do in Oahu, this free event is the summer’s best musical treat! Held every July, ukulele fans gather at Kapiolani Park Bandstand to hear the masters of this beloved instrument jam out. For visitors staying in Waikiki, the Kapiolani Park Bandstand is a leisurely walk right past the Honolulu Zoo. If you have a rental car and don’t feel like walking, the Ukulele Festival will provide free parking and shuttle service to and from Kapiolani Community College. The first Ukulele Festival was organized by Roy Sakuma in 1971.Over the last four decades the event has grown to become the largest ukulele festival in the world. Past musicians from the festival include Jack Johnson and James Ingram. Of course, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will again be at the festival, and as anyone can attest seeing him play is one of the best things to do in Oahu. If you have an iPhone or iPad you can download a free, official app for the Ukulele Festival Hawaii 2011. As if that isn’t enough to attend the festival, they will be giving away ukuleles, so head on down to Kapiolani Park Bandstand!

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