My ‘ukulele student member groups the Maui Ukulele Pops Band and the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio will be performing again during the 9th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. (See the song lists). The event is the one time a year that community and school groups get to perform on a public stage and people get to interact with ‘ukulele builders all at the same place. This year happens to be the 100th anniversary of Kamaka Hawaii, Inc., makers of ‘ukulele since 1916 on Oahu. Company founder Sam Kamaka, Sr. apprenticed with one of the original fine woods craftsmen from Portugal who brought the braginho that evolved into the instrument that we play today.
Here is the ‘ukulele entertainment lineup (each group has 30-minutes):
9:20 – La’au Street String Band – opening ceremony (led by Hinano Kaumeheiwa)
10:00 – Kamehameha Middle School ‘Ukulele Band (led by Rama Camarillo)
10:40 – Pennies From Heaven (group from Kaunoa Senior Center led by Aunty Penny)
11:20 – 808 Uke Jams (community group led by Jarret Delos Santos)
‘Ukulele Giveaway #1)
12:00 Kalama Intermediate School ‘Ukulele Band (led by Benny Uyetake)
12:40 South Maui Strummers (community group led by Aunty Doll – assistants to fill in during her absence due to family matter on the mainland)
‘Ukulele Giveaway #2
1:20 – Maui Ukulele Pops Band (students from Kaunoa Senior Center led by Mele Fong)
2:00 – Hula Hui ‘Okapunahala (YMCA group from Oahu)
2:40 – Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio (professional duo Richard Tom and Mele Fong, and Cindee Burkitt)
‘Ukulele Giveaway #3
We are setting up a display table and will be there all day from 9:30 a.m. Stop by to talk story and look at the display copies of my packaged song sets of book/DVD/CD that are available for purchase (but not sold at the event). I lead my student group the Maui Ukulele Pops Band at 1:20 p.m. with one set of music, and then return at 2:40 p.m. with the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio with another set of much harder music. We see the writing on the wall that this could be the last year of the event so come if you can.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele