Ukulele Festival Hawaii’s mission is to bring laughter, love and hope to children and
adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ukulele.
Roy and Kathy Sakuma have dedicated their life’s work to spreading the joy of the ukulele
through lessons, festivals and community events. In 2004, they established
Ukulele Festival Hawaii,
a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization, to bring laughter, love and hope to everyone through
In 1971, at a time when very few people were interested in the ukulele, Roy Sakuma
organized the 1st Annual Ukulele Festival. It was Sakuma’s dream to present a free concert
to show people that the ukulele could be played as a solo instrument of sophistication
and virtuosity and not just a rhythm instrument for background music.
Today, the annual Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki is now a summer
tradition in Hawaii. It has grown internationally and is by far the largest ukulele
festival of its kind in the world, with crowds of thousands, guest artists from around
the world and an ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children.
In response to popular demand and the ukulele renaissance in Hawaii and throughout the
world, Ukulele Festival Hawaii with the support of sponsors
has taken the ukulele festivals on the road to the islands of Hawaii (Waikoloa), Kauai
“Come and join us at the Ukulele Festival where the magic is in the music and the
love that we share...”