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
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.
SAVE THE DATE!
51st Annual Ukulele Festival
July 18, 2021
Due to health concerns, the event will be an all-day Virtual Event with performances from
local artists & students, as well as players and performers from around the world. Ukulele
Festival Hawaii founders, Roy & Kathy Sakuma will share some great Festival stories as
well. Join us for an amazing day filled with laughter, love, and hope!