Ukulele Festival Hawaii’s Annual Gala Dinner,
a festive evening with guests
from all over the world gathering together as one. It is an evening of celebration as we
acknowledge distinguished honorees of our
Legacy Award for their generous spirit, goodwill
Your support at the Gala helps Ukulele Festival Hawaii keep the ukulele festivals free for
the enjoyment of the public, promote the ukulele as an instrument of virtuosity, provide
college scholarships, help shape young lives through motivational talks and provide ukulele
instruments to those in need.
Mahalo for helping Ukulele Festival Hawaii continue its mission of
spreading aloha by bringing laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout
Hawaii and the world through the music of the ukulele.
Legacy Award Honorees
Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K’s spontaneous spirit and passion of playing music made
his performances with Ukulele Festival Hawaii heartwarming, uplifting and exciting. Willie
K, who passed in May 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer, continued to perform even
while ill. He loved sharing his time with Ukulele Festival Hawaii and performing alongside
the children and community ukulele players. Those memories are a special gift that we
treasure, and his generous and loving spirit will forever be etched in our hearts.
Danny Kaleikini has supported Ukulele Festival Hawaii as Master of Ceremonies since 1973.
The spirit of aloha and the love of Hawaii is held dearly within Danny Kaleikini, also known
as “Kaniela”. His long-standing residency as the Kahala Hilton ran for 30 years.
Through his generous spirit, Danny continues to contribute goodwill, inspiration and beauty
to our culture.
Kamaka Hawaii's 100th Anniversary and four generations of the Kamaka Ohana are honored
and recognized by Ukulele Festival Hawaii for their 100 years of world-class craftmanship.
Ukulele Festival Hawaii is grateful for Kamaka Ukulele's support and encouragement which
has been an integral part of Ukulele Festival Hawaii's history.