Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii, a festival of music and friendship through Ukulele, has gathered many ukulele enthusiasts in February on Oahu, HI each year for the last 12 years. It is a free event, and more than 5000 people enjoy it each year. However, due to the ongoing Covid - 19 pandemic, we were unable to hold the regular physical event this year. For our participants from countries beside Japan or the US mainland, we understand that international trip to Hawaii is still a challenge, even as the situation in Hawaii is getting better. Therefore, we decided to present the very first “Virtual” Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii in September 2021.
As you know, there are many amazing professional ukulele musicians around the world. Furthermore, there are countless numbers of ukulele lovers across the globe, and they enjoy “stay-at-home” time practicing and playing our beloved instrument and our friend, the Ukulele. It is our wish that this Online Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii can reach out to each one of them, and create a bord erless connection throughout the world. In this event, we would like to share current situations of some of the countries though the sound of ukulele, which will enable us to feel closer even during the pandemic period.
Kalei Gamiao and Chris Kamaka with Uncle's Jukebox
Kalei Gamiao has released four nominated albums since 2008. He is at the forefront of today's ukulele revolution.
Chris Kamaka is the leader of Team Kamaka. He is also well known as the bass player of Ho’okena. He is currently the production manager for Kamaka Hawaii, a ukulele maker founded in 1916.
Uncle’s Jukebox is a group which includes his son, Chris Kamaka Jr.
NUE (Nā ‘Ukulele ‘Ekolu) is an ‘ukulele trio formed by three well-known musicians with many awards.
With Bryan Tolentino on the tenor 'ukulele, Halehaku Seabury on the baritone 'ukulele, and Kama Hopkins on the bass ukulele, their ukulele artistry and vocal styling create a unique sound.
Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm is an authentic Hawaiian singer from Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi who is known for her powerful vocals accompanied by authentic ukulele strums.
She has garnered two GRAMMY® nominations, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship and numerous Nā Hōku Hanohano Awards.