Love for the ukulele celebrated in Kakaako

Photo courtesy Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii

At the Kakaako Makai Gateway Park Sunday, it was all about the love for the ukulele.

The annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii ran all day with food, keiki activities, Hawaiian crafts and, of course, ukuleles for sale.

Photo courtesy Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii
Photo courtesy Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii

Renowned players from here, Japan and across the world took the concert stage, including Herb Ohta, Raiatea Helm, Robi Kahakalau (pictured) and Japanese rock musician Kazuyuki Sekiguchi.

Jorma Winkler of the Imua Ukulele Factory said “this is actually the 8th annual and it keeps growing every year. It was started by Kazuyuki Sekiguchi-san, who is a band member of Southern All Stars, a major rock ‘n’ roll band in Japan for like 40 years. He’s been doing it Japan 15 years or so, and brought it here.”

The picnic was free and open to the public, but funds raised through booth sales and a lucky draw will go toward establishing an ukulele museum here in Hawaii.

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