Oahu Ukulele Festival

More Dates Announced

We are thrilled to share our amazing news with you. Craig and Sarah have been very busy organizing for the 51st Ukulele Festival Hawaii (Virtual Day). On top of the July 18th date, they will also be hosting three other events!

April 11 - Local Spotlight - We will interview four of the largest ‘ukulele manufacturers on Oahu, giving them a chance to share their history and future plans with all ‘ukulele lovers! Throughout the program, there will be Live performances from Local Artists and keiki groups.

May 16 - Workshop Day - It’s exciting to be able to feature our own Roy Sakuma on this wonderful day! Roy Sakuma will be joined by Neal Chin and Jake Shimabukuro in a day of learning. Join us for back to back classes.

June 13 - International Spotlight - Let's celebrate the global popularity of the instrument with International Artist, keiki groups, and ‘ukulele clubs!

July 18 - Ukulele Festival Hawaii - A full day of ‘ukulele! We will feature Local Artists, ‘ukulele clubs, and keiki groups.

All events will be streamed from the Ala Moana Hotel, and are FREE! Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel to ensure you don’t miss when we go live!


Roy and Kathy Sakuma, founders of Ukulele Festival Hawaii welcomes Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel

We are very excited to announce that Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel will be organizing the Ukulele Festival here on Oahu at the Queen Kapiolani Park – home of Ukulele Festival Hawaii.

It was a dream over 50 years ago to put on a free ukulele festival to show the world the joy and virtuosity of this tiny little instrument from the state of Hawaii.

For 50 years, Roy & Kathy Sakuma and their staff of volunteers and supporters have spread the joy of the ukulele, teaching students, organizing and promoting Hawaii’s Ukulele Festival, the first and original ukulele festival. It’s a dream come true that this year’s 50th Golden Anniversary was celebrated with millions of people throughout the world playing and enjoying ukulele.

Thank you Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel for continuing the legacy and essence of bringing laughter, love and hope to all the children and adults of Hawaii and the world.

Mahalo to all for your support over the past 50 years. Aloha.

Every July – as welcome as summer itself – Ukulele Festival Hawaii presents the annual Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park on Oahu. Families jam the park. Ukulele fans wouldn’t miss it. Tourists follow the sounds of music. The music swirls over the tops of ironwood and monkeypod trees toward Diamond Head. It’s upbeat, infectious, bouncy about surf and sunny days. It’s music you want to dance to or sing to like a beachboy. It embraces everyone who hears it. That’s the irresistible charm of the ukulele.

For the next four hours ukulele virtuosos, internationally known musicians, local celebrities donate their time and talented ukulele players from around the world and a ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children will take the stage and delight the crowd with laughter, love and hope.

It’s summer’s best musical treat and it’s free. Come and join us!

The 2010 Festival marked the 40th anniversary of this very special celebration of Hawaii's famous and beloved instrument.


Connecting the World on the Strings of the Ukulele
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Ukulele Festival Hawaii Gala
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Ukulele Festival CD “Come and Join Us”
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Theme Song CD
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Ukulele Festival DVD 35th Anniversary
Ukulele Festival DVD
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