A popular instrument in Hawaii takes center stage in Waikiki

Ukulele

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It’s a summer tradition in Hawaii.

Thousands of music lovers jammed the Kapiolani Park Bandstand for the 43rd Annual Ukulele Festival Sunday.

Over the years, it’s grown into an international showcase attracting some of the best ukulele players from around the world including Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia.

“My dream has come true. To see the children, all the children play the ukulele and to see how the parents are smiling. It’s the greatest joy that we can experience as teachers,” Ukulele Festival founder Roy Sakuma said.

Sakuma says he’s already heard from groups interested in performing next year.

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